Saturday, June 9, South Burlington, VT
@3:00PM, Barnes & Noble info.
102 Dorset Street, S. Burlington, VT 05403, 802-864-8001
Former Vermonter, Activist, Cambodian genocide survivor, and bestselling memoirist Loung Ung returns with LULU IN THE SKY: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness (HarperPerennial; April 2012), the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the trilogy that began with First They Killed My Father — a national bestseller and the recipient of a 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarian’s Association award for Excellence in Adult Non-Fiction Literature. With First They Killed My Father, Ung gives an unflinching account of the Cambodian killing fields, where she lost her parents, two of her sisters, and twenty other family members. Her following book, the critically-acclaimed Lucky Child, chronicles Loung’s story of growing up as a refugee in Essex Junction, and that of her sister Chou in Cambodia.
In Lulu in the Sky, Loung reveals her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college at Saint Michael’s College and falls in love with Mark, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu is a story of Loung’s tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage—a journey that takes her back to Cambodia to reconnect with her mother’s spirit and to a vocation that focused on healing the landscape of her birth.
In her acknowledgements, Loung gives thanks to Ellis Severance, her ninth-grade teacher who encouraged her to write, and to… “the community in Essex Junction, where kindness is abundant. There was no better place for me to heal.” For more information, visit www.LoungUng.com