Birds of Paradise Lost by Andrew Lam

By Andrew Lam

*Finalist for the California publication Award*

The 13 tales in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the soreness and pleasure and bravado of America’s most recent american citizens, the bothered lives of these who fled Vietnam and remade themselves within the San Francisco Bay sector. The past—memories of struggle and its aftermath, of homicide, arrest, re-education camps and new monetary zones, of break out and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever found in those clever and compassionate tales. It performs itself out in incredible methods within the lives of people that suggestion they'd moved past the nightmares of battle and exodus. It comes again on television within the kind of a confession from a cannibal; it enters the Vietnamese eating place as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful mystery; it articulates itself within the atypical tics of a guy with Tourette’s Syndrome who struggles to accommodate a profound tragedy. Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional travel de strength, intricately rendering the fake starts off and revelations within the fight for integration, and in so doing, the human heart.

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