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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
Dao is one of ten children. She wants to go to boarding school in hopes of someday living in a country where she will have freedom from responsibility to her family. She goes to school and finally makes it to America only to discover that you cannot escape family responsibilities.
Dao Huynh paints a brilliant word picture of life in South Vietnam. Huynh is a master at details and emotion. She incorporates details, bits of conversation, and bits of a song and description of the most unlikely thing that brings the story to life. Dao brings a sense of her own emotions as she lived what we read. There was a sense of panic and uncertainty as she leaves on her long journey to a new life. At times she felt desperate. She was a young woman in a culture she didn’t understand. The writing is so vivid the reader feels as though they were climbing into the make-shift boat with her. An Unknown Journey will captivate readers.