Run Me to Earth

Run Me to Earth

eBook - 2020
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From award-winning author Paul Yoon comes a beautiful, aching novel about three kids orphaned in 1960s Laos?and how their destinies are entwined across decades, anointed by Hernan Diaz as "one of those rare novels that stays with us to become a standard with which we measure other books." Alisak, Prany, and Noi?three orphans united by devastating loss?must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky. In a world where the landscape and the roads have turned into an ocean of bombs, we follow their grueling days of rescuing civilians and searching for medical supplies, until Vang secures their evacuation on the last helicopters leaving the country. It?s a move with irrevocable consequences?and sets them on disparate and treacherous paths across the world. Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Paul Yoon crafts a gorgeous story that is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
ISBN: 9781501154065
Characteristics: 1 online resource (131 p.)


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In this haunting blend of literary and historical fiction, Paul Yoon relates the story of three orphans, two boys and a girl, who are pressed into service in a makeshift hospital ward in wartime Laos. Some readers may be surprised to learn that fighting during the Vietnam War spilled across borde... Read More »

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Feb 16, 2020

Yoon tells the story of three friends torn from their homes and families by the Laotian conflict in the 1960’s. The three children, Noi, Pranny, and Alisak have taken refuge in the home of a Frenchman who fled the violence. The home, damaged by bombs and the humid climate, has been turned into a field hospital. Helping the doctors and coming face to face with the horror of war, the children cope as best they can. They all plan to leave with the doctors hoping the helicopters will take them to France or to Thailand. Only Alisak makes it onto the helicopter, leaving the other two behind when a hidden bomb destroys Noi’s motorcycle. Alisak makes it to France, not knowing what happened to the others. The daughter of a woman for whom Alisak cared in the Laos hospital escapes to New York and is determined to find Alisak and tell him about Noi’s death and the capture of Pranny and the doctor. I found hope and simple beauty and caring amidst the chaos and violence of war and finished the book with far more hope than I expected to find.


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