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reader  House of Sticks ↠ 384 pages Download ´ An intimate beautifully written coming of age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war torn Vietnam to Ridgewood ueens and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectationsLy Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrate from a New challenges especially when her father forbids her from getting glasses calling her diagnosis of poor vision a government conspiracy His frightening temper and paranoia leave an indelible mark on Ly’s sense of self Who is she outside of everything her family expects of her Told in a spare evocative voice that with flashes of humor weaves together her family’s immigration experience with her own fraught and courageous coming of age House of Sticks is a timely and powerful portrait of one girl’s struggle to reckon with her heritage and forge her own path 45 starsThis compelling and honest memoir was both heartbreaking and heartwarming Ly and her family emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in the early 1990s Once here they lived well below the poverty line and struggled and scratched out a life Ly’s father was imprisoned in a ‘re education’ camp in Vietnam for over ten years and those emotional scars and ptsd resonated through their family life The biggest fall out was her father’s refusal for believing that Ly needed glasses from the third grade on Reading about Ly’s deteriorating eye sight even she excelled at school was really stressful as well as her navigation of school as she got older There is a fair amount of introspection as Ly tries to understand her parents and about mental health issues She’s generous and not uite forgiving but understanding that their past effects her future I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own

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An intimate beautifully written coming of age memoir recounting a young girl’s journey from war torn Vietnam to Ridgewood ueens and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectationsLy Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrate from a small town along the Mekong river in Vietnam to a two bedroom railroad apartment in ueens Ly’s father a former lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army spent nearly a decade as a POW and their resettlement is made possible through a humanitarian program run by the US government Soon after t Ly Tran and her family arrived in the US from Vietnam when she was very young Her mother father and three brothers lived together in ueens New York where they found work sewing ties and cummerbunds As children she and her brothers worked alongside their parents in sweatshop conditions trying to survive Later on her parents bought a nail salon where Ly also worked alongside her mother Her early life was marked by poverty hunger and hard workLy's father was somewhat tyrannical but Ly always obeyed him even going without much needed glasses for half of her life simply because her father thought eyeglasses were part of a government conspiracy and refused to allow Ly to get them Ly's brothers moved away and created separate lives from their family Ly watched as they excelled in school and work She also did well academically but high functioning depression took hold of her causing her to fail in her first college attempts until she was accepted to Columbia While there and with the help of various friends Ly eventually gained self confidence and self worth House of Sticks is a raw and honest look at what life is like for a refugee family that relocates to the US Ly gives readers an even closer look at her own life as a refugee Vietnamese girl living with traditional parents who continue to abide by their own cultural rules customs and values while living outside of their home countryThank you Netgalley Ly Tran and publisher for this ARC

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House of SticksHey arrive Ly joins her parents and three older brothers sewing ties and cummerbunds piece meal on their living room floor to make ends meet As they navigate this new landscape Ly finds herself torn between two worlds She knows she must honor her parents’ Buddhist faith and contribute to the family livelihood working long hours at home and eventually as a manicurist alongside her mother at a nail salon in Brownsville Brooklyn that her parents take over But at school Ly feels the mounting pressure to blend in A growing inability to see the blackboard presents Thank you to NetGalley the publisher and the author for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for my review House of Sticks by Ly Tran is a memoir that will warm your heart while breaking it at the same time It is the story of Ly and her family who came to ueens New York from Vietnam in the early 1990s It is an amazing story of determination and resilience and of big moments like Ly getting into an Ivy League college and also of small moments like the family seeing snow for the first time It is a compelling look into the poverty and the racism that immigrant families face when they come to this country and what they have to give up to overcome these things Ultimately it is Ly's story of finding her own place in the world This book will remain with you long after you turn the final page I highly recommend it