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As an Observer correspondent in Vietnam before the American withdrawal in 1975, Gavin Young met many courageous Vietnamese people. He frequently stayed with one such person, Madame Bong, a woman who had lost her husband when she was only twenty-five, had recovered the mangled limbs of one son from a battlefield and watched as another son was sent off to a ‘re-education camp’ for seven years.
When Young was allowed to return to Vietnam he helped many of Madame Bong’s relatives emigrate to the US. A Wavering Grace is a personal account of how one ordinary family survived the horrors of war and a political process that was beyond their control.
‘By far … the most moving account of Vietnam to be written in recent years.’ Norman Lewis
‘This delicate, terrible and enchanting book … brings the atmosphere of Vietnam so near that you can almost taste and smell it.’ Jonathan Mirsky, The Times
‘Full of passion and feeling … A Wavering Grace could be described as a love story [and] tells the story of Vietnam and Mme Bong’s family in its many conflicting complexions.’ Andrew Barrow, Spectator
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