A Difficult Topic
The novel has two time periods… 2036 and thirty years earlier. The action is seen from the viewpoints of Lydia, an English teacher in Cambodia and ten year old Vietnamese Song. The story, begun in 2006 is completely wrapped up for the reader at the end.
The reader is also educated in the history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge for those who have not grown up hearing the troubles and corruption on the news.