Where Rivers Part: A Story of My Mother's Life

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Atria Books
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6.13 X 9.22 X 1.12 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Kao Kalia Yang was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to America at the age of six. She is the author of The Latehomecomer, The Song Poet, Yang Warriors, and most recently, Where Rivers Part. She also coedited What God Is Honored Here? and is the author of a collective memoir about refugee lives called Somewhere in the Unknown World. Find out more at KaoKaliaYang.com.
"Kao Kalia Yang's retelling of her mother's life is so many things: haunting, moving, riveting, powerful. It is a testament to the miraculous strength of women and the indomitable resolve of the human spirit. But above everything, Where Rivers Part--a story of unshakable love--is itself an extraordinary act of love in return." --Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans
"Kao Kalia Yang's account of her mother's survival against a backdrop of unspeakable violence is told in moving, lyrical language that I could not draw my eye away from. Where Rivers Part is a cherishing of a story and a community that has often been rendered silent, a love story in more ways than I can count, and an immense and important addition to the world's literature." --Vanessa Chan, author of The Storm We Made
"Compassionate, lyrical, tender, and insightful." --Kirkus
"Where Rivers Part confirms Kao Kalia Yang's position as not only the most important figure in Hmong American literature but one of the most interesting memoirists at work today." --Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
"Haunting and painfully relevant, Where Rivers Part continues this writer's powerful family story." --Booklist
"There are moments of poignant beauty. There are also humiliations. Tswb is small and brown; her English is not good. In America, she is eas­ily overlooked. In this exceptional book, Yang shows what a mistake it is to underestimate her: 'I wanted to claim the legacy of the woman I come from, the women who had to define for themselves what it meant to live in a world where luck was not on your side.' She has done so with deep feeling and grace." --BookPage (starred review)
"Yang foregoes third-person narration in favor of her mother's first-person voice. This gives the book immediacy, authenticity and humor ... In her daughter's exceptional book, Tswb shines in the lead role." --Star Tribune
"Yang's memoirs of Hmong life, traditions and displacement are not just powerful additions to the canon of immigrant literature -- they are powerful books about life itself." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Yang keeps readers as close as possible to Tswb's perspective, treating her history and hardships with care. Where Rivers Part is a sensitive, unforgettable account of one mother's immeasurable strength and love for her family." --Esquire
"Yang writes much of the account from Tswb's perspective, giving tender voice to her struggles with the competing demands of family duty and personal fulfillment. The results are illuminating, uplifting, and difficult to forget." --Publishers Weekly