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"A miracle... suspenseful, illuminating, filled with as many sweet moments as it is with searing descriptions of the civil war that has shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. An important contribution to the growing body of war-child literature...A balanced, realistic account of life as it has been and is still experienced by hundreds of thousands of ethnic peoples in Myanmar...[T]he real power of this memoir... [is that it is] a crucial political act." -"The Globe and Mail" "Evokes the same despairing anger as Cambodian refugee classics such as Someth May's "Cambodian Witness"...Moving." -"Financial Times" "Moving...The Karen's plight is now more desperate than it has ever been. But, as this book shows, they have not given up hope." -"Telegraph, " five stars out of five "In this aptly named memoir, Phan ... lets her life story document the ongoing struggle for democracy against Burma's military dictatorship. Vividly told, her eventful story moves from childhood idyll in a village of bamboo huts to that of a teenage refugee running from the Burmese Army towards the Burma-Thailand border--and eventually to an academic scholarship in Great Britain. Every danger brings a lesson about the resiliency of family, the necessity for education, or the fragility of hope. As in American slave narratives, Phan gives voice to the voiceless. Phan evokes anxiety and urgency in moments of possible despair, including historical travelogue and chiding political analysis. ... readers will find a compelling wake-up call." --"Publishers Weekly"