INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Tran-Davies, Nhung N.

A Grain of Rice

(2) 4-6 Thirteen-year-old narrator Yen, her siblings, and her mother live a difficult life in rural Vietnam just after the fall of Saigon. Following a devastating flood in their village, they escape Vietnam and experience a range of obstacles, from corrupt police to prejudice; aboard a refugee boat to Malaysia, they witness sickness, death, and piracy. The descriptive narrative is straightforward with a strong sense of immediacy. An afterword reveals the story's autobiographical roots. Glos.

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