The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen
A Memoir of Childhood

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Saigon fell to the Viet Cong on April 30, 1975. Kien Nguyen watched the last U.S. Army helicopter leave without him, without his brother, without his mother, without his grandparents. Left to a nightmarish existence in a violated & decimated country, Kien was more at risk than most because of his odd blond hair & his light eyes - because he was Amerasian. He was the most unwanted. Told with stark & poetic brilliance, this is a story of survival & hope, a moving & personal record of a tumultuous & important piece of history.

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Kien Nguyen was born in Nhatrang, South Vietnam, in 1967 to a Vietnamese mother and an American father. He left Vietnam in 1985 through the United Nations' Orderly Departure Program. After spending time in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Nguyen arrived in the United States. He is now a dentist in New York City.
Published October 22, 2008 by Back Bay Books. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Servants plundered Khuon’s mansion, business owners had to grovel for their lives, and Nguyen’s immediate family relocated to the impoverished compound of his mean-spirited aunt (who encouraged her own 14 children to abuse their “half-breed” cousin).

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Nguyen's odyssey makes for compelling and emotional reading, and THE UNWANTED will make you turn page after page with each beat of your empathetic heart until you won't believe you've finished the whole thing.

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When I read this story, it made me think of how fortunate I am to live the life that I live and not fight for one.

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