Tewksbury Public Library

Owner of a lonely heart, a memoir, Beth Nguyen - hardcover

"From the award-winning author of Stealing Buddha's Dinner, a powerful memoir of a mother-daughter relationship fragmented by war and resettlement. At the end of the Vietnam War, when Beth Nguyen was eight months old, she and her father, sister, grandmother, and uncles fled Saigon for America. Beth's mother stayed-or was left-behind, and they did not meet again until Beth was nineteen. Over the course of her adult life, she and her mother have spent less than twenty-four hours together. Owner of a Lonely Heart is a memoir about parenthood, absence, and the condition of being a refugee: the story of Beth's relationship with her mother. Framed by a handful of visits over the course of many years-sometimes brief, sometimes interrupted, sometimes with her mother alone and sometimes with her sister-Beth tells a coming-of-age story that spans her own Midwestern childhood, her first meeting with her mother, and becoming a parent herself. Vivid and illuminating, Owner of a Lonely Heart is a deeply personal story of family, connection, and belonging: as a daughter, a mother, and as a Vietnamese refugee in America"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Twenty-four hours -- Apparent, part I -- Date of birth -- The photograph -- Apparent, part II -- Apparent, part III -- My mothers -- White mothers -- The story of my name -- Apparent, revisited
Literary Form
non fiction
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Physical Description
ix, 237 pages, 22 cm

Library Locations

  • Tewksbury Public Library

    300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876, US