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
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
About Victoria Brooks
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Published June 1, 2002
by Greatest Escapes.Com Pub.
History, Romance, Literature & Fiction.