The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Paperback)

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The civil war in Laos, also known as "The Secret War," is one of the most heavily censored conflicts in history, and one of the most brutal. More bombs were dropped on the country than in all of WWII, and the effects are still being felt today. Usually I can't take cripplingly sad books, however, the author's story of her family's heroic escape and successful integration into American society is one of the most incredible things I've ever read, and written in such a beautiful way that I couldn't put it down, resulting in both my brain and heart growing enormously.

— Kestin


An NEA Big Read Selection

"This is the best account of the Hmong experience I've ever read--powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable."--Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

"A narrative packed with the stuff of life." --Entertainment Weekly

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet and The Latehomecomer, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

About the Author

Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, and writer. Yang is the author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University's School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894784
ISBN-10: 1566894786
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Pages: 312
Language: English