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By Uyen Nicole Duong

Award-Winning Finalist within the Fiction: Multicultural class of the 2012 overseas e-book Awards

Mimi (the protagonist of Mimi and Her Mirror) is a profitable younger Vietnamese immigrant working towards legislation in Washington, D.C. while the postcards start to arrive. Postmarked from Thailand, every one hand-drawn card is fantastically rendered and signed easily "Nam." Mimi does not realize the identify, yet Nam evidently is aware her good, spurring her to release what's going to turn into a decade-long quest to discover him. As her seek progresses, long-repressed thoughts start to bubble to the outside: her youth in Nineteen Seventies Vietnam in a small alley in pre-Communist Saigon. again then, who was once her ally in addition to her brother's playmate, and what did artwork have whatever to do with the alleys of her early life? What was once the dream of those little ones then? What occurred whilst those teenagers have been separated through the tip of the Vietnam struggle, their lives diverged onto diverse paths: one to freedom and chance, the opposite to tragedy and ache? Now Mimi needs to discover the secret of the postcards, together with what may have occurred to the folks who the place much less lucky: those that escaped the ravaged fatherland by means of boat after the autumn of Saigon. while the secret is solved, Mimi has to make a solution: what can probably reunite the kids from the alley of her adolescence even if the alley exists not more?

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The older one struggled so challenging he bit the vampire’s arm and acquired unfastened. They have been correct at the beasts’ gangplank, you spot, correct in among boats. “Did they set your boat on fireplace? ” I requested. “I was once a great deal afraid they might. yet they didn’t. apart from the men, the opposite hostages provided no resistance, so the vampires by no means struck a fit. ” A crashing noise ensues. He has damaged the glass, slicing himself. A tiny movement of blood seeps from the crack of his arms onto his brown palm, smearing onto his knuckles, fingertips, and blackened nails. He smears his minimize finger onto his soiled slacks, oblivious to the wound. “The older boy endured to fight. He bought unfastened and grabbed his little brother and shoved the kid again onto our boat, simply in time earlier than the bloodsucking pirate grabbed the older boy back and dragged him on. issues have been taking place so speedy they didn’t hassle to move after the infant. ” “Did he say something? This courageous younger guy? ” My eyes are dry, yet I listen either anxiousness and the arriving of choking tears in my voice. “He used to be asserting anything. I can’t take into account precisely, yet this a lot I take into account. He fell once or twice and the beast pulled him up, and from the place i used to be, i'll see his mouth relocating, his chest and narrow shoulders urgent ahead as he was once attempting to shout out anything. It used to be seen he used to be nonetheless suffering so he may consult his little brother. I couldn’t listen him. issues occurred genuine, genuine quick, you recognize. The chief of the pirates believed in superstition, they had to sail away sooner than the sunlight died down. They have been talking in a mixture of Thai and Cantonese, which I understood, and that i was once additionally guessing from their gestures they had to sail on prior to sundown, and they didn't wish to waste to any extent further time with us. “So they sailed away earlier than the solar died down, taking those few males and the older boy with them. I knew it used to be undesirable should you have been abducted and held hostage by way of the vampires, yet a minimum of for these folks who stayed with the boat, there has been an opportunity for us to stay. ” “And then what occurred? ” “The engine of our boat used to be destroyed. So we floated for a complete evening after which a few days, without nutrition or water. Worse, the vampires had additionally broken our boat alternative routes, and it used to be steadily sinking. I knew the way to swim. ” “What occurred to the opposite males? ” “A few drowned. ” “What occurred to the younger child who stayed together with your boat? ” “He used to be on our boat, forever placing directly to anything, with out a be aware spoken. I don’t understand. I don’t consider. ” i glance deep into his eyes, and he refuses to satisfy my stare. I look forward to him to proceed, and he's now thoroughly focused on putting his reduce finger into his mouth to forestall the bleeding. ultimately, he places his entire hand on most sensible of his tongue and forestalls conversing all jointly. back, there is not any trace or affirmation of what the opposite survivors have acknowledged of their stories. in accordance with one of many males who survived the ordeal, in the course of these few days floating at sea, because the boat used to be steadily sinking, they have been all suffering and scuffling with for an opportunity to stay.

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