The House on Dream Street

The House on Dream Street

Memoir of An American Woman in Vietnam

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Dana Sachs went to Hanoi when tourist visas began to be offered to Americans; she was young, hopeful, ready to immerse herself in Vietnamese culture. She moved in with a family and earned her keep by teaching English, and she soon found that it was impossible to blend into an Eastern culture without calling attention to her Americanness--particularly in a country where not long ago she would have been considered the enemy. But gradually, Vietnam turned out to be not only hospitable, but the home she couldn't leave.

Sachs takes us through two years of eye-opening experiences: from her terrifying bicycle accidents on the busy streets of Hanoi to how she is begged to find a buyer for the remains of American "poes and meeas" (POWs and MIAs). The House on Dream Street is also the story of a community and the people who become inextricably, lovingly, a part of Sachs's life, whether it's her landlady who wonders why at twenty-nine she's not married, the children who giggle when she tries to speak the language, or Phai, the motorcycle mechanic she falls for.

The House on Dream Street is both the story of a country on the cusp of change and of a woman learning to know her own heart.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565122918
1565122917
Branch Call Number: DS559.93.H36 S23 2000
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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Takaya
Oct 02, 2012

I adore this book! Dana Sachs' journey in Vietnam is both deeply personal and boundlessly universal. Presented with honesty and a genuine sense of wonder, Sachs proves herself to be an engaging and heartfelt author chapter after chapter. Someone get me a plane ticket to Hanoi!

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