Three women, three countries, three stories—the destinies of a Thai in prison for murdering her husband, a Cambodian longing for a child and a Laotian Hmong refugee are threaded together by the tears leftover from the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War rages rippling into neighbouring Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. As narrated by a monk, a raven fighter pilot and a soldier, the remnants of war has a devastating impact on those it touches. But history doesn’t stop…its fingers reach into the present day, carrying with it debris from the past. Three women cannot escape the fate a war bestows upon them and fight to carve a future free of suffering.
Here's what people had to say about BBTB...
Beauty Beneath the Banyan is a very important book. The stories are factual and taken from the truth. It is well written and raises awareness about the unknown genocide against the Hmong people in the jungles of Laos. Rebecca Sommer/Sommer Films
One thing is clear: Beauty Beneath the Banyan is a product of careful observation, story-keeping, and passion. Kao Kalia Yang /The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Here's what I had to say...
I had the privilege of talking with theincredibleLesley Southwick-Trask (she hosts an online radio program entitledWomen Who Lead) about BBTB. A BIG thank you to Lesley for taking the time to speak with me.