The small nation of Laos was little known to most Westerners when the author and her husband, a USAID worker, moved to Laos in 1971.
Befriended by two young Laotians, the author became a part of village life, joining holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals and feasts. Over a four-year period, she developed a deep admiration and affection for the Lao people. The humour and pathos of these chaotic years before the Communist take-over of the government in 1975 are chronicled by following one Lao family in Communist-controlled re-education camps, to their eventual resettlement in the United States.
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