I volunteered to go to Vietnam, but as a conscientious objector to war. . . . While most of these events took place in the midst of the war, this is not exactly a story about the war, but a story of rescue. Most of the children I helped save--scalped, burned, blasted, or shot when I found them--are now adults, parents or even grandparents themselves. . . . And while many of my funny, wise, reckless, young American friends of those days are dead, what they did and what they learned is not. It is as if all of us were being watched, all of us journeying under a brilliant blue sky that is the face of heaven.--from the preface.
John Balaban is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including "Locusts at the Edge of Summer," winner of the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award, and the popular and critical success "Spring Essence: The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong." His poetry, translations, and fiction have received wide acclaim, including two National Book Award nominations. He is Poet-in-Residence and professor of English at North Carolina State University.
"Remarkable . . . exceptionally well written and moving . . . Few other writers have evoked the physical world of South Vietnam as well as Balaban does in this book."--USA Today
Unforgettably lyrical."--New Yorker