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Title:
Beyond the blue : a novel
ISBN:
9781578568222
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2005.
Physical Description:
359 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"In 1975, an American girl named Genevieve loses her mother when a plane full of orphans crashes in war-ravaged Vietnam. Miles away in the countryside, seven-year-old Lan, a Vietnamese girl, is forced out of her family home by her own brother who has joined the Viet Cong. Worlds apart, these two girls come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family-until their journeys suddenly converge. Lan has grown up in the harsh realities of post-war Vietnam, but she yearns for a better life for her children. Meanwhile, Genevieve marries and, faced with infertility, decides to adopt a child from the country her own mother loved so deeply. But the uncertainty and risk of international adoption threatens to overwhelm both women before their hearts and their families can be healed"--Publisher's description.
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Summary

Two Worlds. Two Women. One Love.

In 1975, an American girl named Genevieve loses her mother when a plane full of orphans crashes in war-ravaged Vietnam. Miles away in the countryside, seven-year-old Lan, a Vietnamese girl, is forced out of her family home by her own brother who has joined the Viet Cong. Worlds apart, these two girls come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family-until their journeys suddenly converge.

Lan has grown up in the harsh realities of post-war Vietnam, but she yearns for a better life for her children. Meanwhile, Genevieve marries and, faced with infertility, decides to adopt a child from the country her own mother loved so deeply. But the uncertainty and risk of international adoption threatens to overwhelm both women before their hearts and their families can be healed.

Beyond the Blue is the story of enormous losses, unthinkable choices, and the transforming power of God's love for the children of the world.


Author Notes

Leslie Gould is the author of Garden of Dreams. She works as an editor and writer in Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband and four children.


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Booklist Review

Genevieve's most harrowing memory is of 1975, when her mother died in the attempt to get an adopted Amerasian son out of a Vietnam on the brink of civil war. Meanwhile, young Lan grows up in crushing poverty in Vietnam. She's so poor, in fact, that, in the 1980s, she's forced to give up her children. Enter the adult, infertile Genevieve, still dealing with her childhood losses. While the story sounds sentimental, it's grounded in the reality of both countries, and Gould spends a lot of time on the nightmarish complexities of adopting a child from Vietnam. --John Mort Copyright 2005 Booklist