When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy HimWhen Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him

When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

byChanrithy Him

Paperback | May 1, 2001

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In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the "killing fields." She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America.

A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Chanrithy Him, born in 1965, lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works for the Khmer Adolescent Project, studying post-traumatic stress disorder among Cambodians.
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Title:When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer RougeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 8.19 × 5.49 × 0.82 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393322106

ISBN - 13:9780393322101

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragedy In reading this book I realized how little I actually know about Cambodia. It was definitely worth the read. The experience that Chanrithy lived through was horrible, something that no one should have to live through.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Reading!! This book takes you back to the 1970's when many of us were in school and not really realizing what else was going on around the world. The author, Him, lets you into her life as a child with her parents and siblings. The story shows how her family was terrorized by the Khmer Rouge and uprooted from a comfortable life. It is a story of facts, survival, loss and life after the Khmer Rouge. A definite read!!!
Date published: 2006-05-31

Editorial Reviews

A gut-wrenching story, told with honesty, restraint, and dignity. — Ha Jin, author of WaitingIntelligent and morally aware…[Him] tells us what it was like to struggle to survive while others played out utopian dreams. — New York TimesAn inspiring story that draws hope from horror. — Seattle TimesThere are few books that give a refugee’s point of view as clearly and passionately as Him’s. — Time OutAstonishing and heartbreaking…Written in spare, visual prose that makes the world it describes tangible. — Katherine A. Powers (Boston Globe)A touching and illuminating human account and should not be missed by anyone around the world. — Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places