Red Dream by Victoria Brooks

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Part historical novel, part romance, this exotic story spans Vietnamese history and generations in its portrayal of la doctoresse Jade Minh, an exquisitely beautiful but soulless woman with a secret past; the mysterious Chou, the South Vietnamese Embassy's slippery legal eagle and sometime counterspy, who lusts after Jade Minh with a creative perversion; and lovely Suzette, illegitimate child of a star-crossed union who is adopted into fearful America at the lead-up to the Vietnam War and returns to Vietnam searching for her mother.

Lilting on the ear, Red Dream's narrative is spiked with simple poetry like the lyrics of a modern song. It is also a unique visual experience. Images set behind the text or running up the wide margins give the pages a special appeal. In their evocation of mystery and culture, romance and war, they give an added dimension to the story.

Those who fell in love with Memoirs of a Geisha and eagerly await Amy Tan's new novels will thrill to this story filled with tangled relationships, communists and coups, politicians and spies. For aficionados of travel literature, Brooks writes with the sensitive accuracy of a seasoned traveler describing a beloved and intriguing destination. And now that time has healed the emotional wounds of war, Vietnam is arousing America's interest as never before.

About the Author

Victoria Brooks is the editor of Literary Trips 2: Following in the Footsteps of Fame, to which she contributed a story about Graham Greene's Vietnam. She is also the editor of the first Literary Trips, both volumes compilations of short stories about beloved literary figures and the destinations they made famous. Victoria has received excellent and high-profile media attention across North America, with reviews for her series appearing in the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly. Her short story and mood-style travel features appear in North American travel and lifestyle magazines and worldwide in Internet publications. She is currently the resident travel expert for Elle magazine on-line, answering questions from readers. She has recently appeared on syndicated radio programs across the U.S., including NPR's "Weekend Edition," and is an author and panelist at the 2001 Rocky Mountain Book Festival. She has served as USA Today's guest expert for an edition of their Ten Best series of travel articles. Victoria is the editor-in-chief of the popular travel webzine

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Published June 1, 2002 by Greatest Escapes.Com Pub. 340 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1955, Jade learns from a surprise visitor that her baby lived, and she enlists the help of Chou Yang-shu, a devious attorney, to help her find "the half-caste daughter" of a "dear" dead friend.

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