Review: Red Blood, Yellow Skin by Linda L.T. Baer


Red Blood, Yellow Skin is a story of romance, culture, traditions, and family. It describes the pain, struggle, despair, and violence as Loan lived it. The story is hers, but it is also an account of Vietnam of those who were uprooted, displaced, brutalized, and left homeless. It is about this struggle to survive and her extraordinary triumph over adversity that Baer writes.

Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in a small village in North Vietnam. Her family relocated to South Vietnam in 1954. She spent most of her youth in Saigon, where she met her husband. She followed him to America in 1971 and became an American citizen in 1973. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a successful businesswoman. 

My Review:

I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the true story of Linda L.T.Baer.  Her story begins when she is a young child in Vietnam and details her experiences growing up.  It is a compelling story of a girl who suffered many hardships throughout her childhood – poverty, hunger, war, the brutal death of her father, family dysfunction, and more.  Yet, in spite of the difficulties, Baer remains resilient and brave, often offering strength and optimism to others. 

Detailing her adolescence in a vivid, insightful and straightforward style, Baer exposes the harsh realities of war and poverty and the strength of the human spirit. 

Baer’s memoir is an emotional and captivating account of a difficult and violent time in Vietnam, and this story provides profound insight into the culture, people, and conflicts that were prevalent at that time.    



I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy historical novels and coming-of-age stories.

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