Presenter of the National Book Awards

2011 National Book Award Winner,
Young People's Literature

Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers


Thanhha Lai

ABOUT THE BOOK

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by—and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape—and the strength of her very own family.

This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam and moved to Alabama in 1975. She lives in New York City with her family and teaches writing at Parsons School of Design. Inside Out & Back Again is her first book.

EXCERPT

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Excerpt from Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai