Love Beneath the Napalm
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I would like, first and foremost, to thank my dear wife Dolly, for ciously in my writing, as well as all the truly superb people at to bring this project to fruition, including Elizabeth Sain, Wendy east Asia in the early 1970s, I also wish to express my especial “The Son Returns” was published in Black Warrior Review 26, ...
Chapter 1: The Photograph
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Nguyen Van Manh crept along the border of the Lake of the Restored Sword, where the magic tortoise dwelt. Ever since he’d arrived in Hanoi the night before, a city swept up in rejoicing over the end of the war, Manh had run across thousands of people, his fellow veterans mostly, dressed like him in drab olive uniforms and sweat...
Chapter 2: The Stamp Collector
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...copters swooping down on the Pt. Salinas airfield flashed across waiian kona filled the 7- Eleven shop. Toan’s heart swelled with pride. He’d practically forgotten the humiliating suicide attack the little American flag next to the cash register and twirled it back and forth. A satisfied smile spread across his lips. He’d just ...
Chapter 3: The Son Returns
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...driver, to the black lacquer box in her lap. She lifted the lid and peeped at the dried- up umbilical cord resting on a piece of son’s umbilical cord, but how else could she get Dat home when transplanted rice shoots and dipped toward the pine trees of the “Faster, faster!” she yelled. She leaned forward in her seat ...
Chapter 4: The Black Phantom
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A child that age should cry at these things. She hiked her little This small gesture of respect took the place of Thuy Van’s tears. used to prepare her pipes after school, lighting the crystal lamp with the inverted bowl, rolling the opium into a little ball, heat-“Thuy Van!” Father Xuan called. “A word, if you please!”...
Chapter 5: Love Beneath the Napalm
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...tween two of his pansies. It was late afternoon. A sharp breeze ter was coming, and he greatly missed his native village of Long and the eight long months of wait before he could bring it to life again. He shivered in his thin, second- hand flannel jacket, a gift town Schenectady. She paid Mr. Tu thirty dollars a week to tend ...
Chapter 6: Numbers
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...a stove, and three chairs. In the evenings, when you should not surface of the table as though stroking a salamander, and I wait apple tree, and grasshoppers ratchet in the hay fields. The mon-the peasants. In Viet Nam such things are “standard operating the mind. I like that, though my native language is French. Are ...
Chapter 7: Under the Rattan Stick
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...him, just as though he was in the throes of a fever sweat. Pham the Malabar carriage driver wanted to cry out like a humiliated child wetting his bed at the sticky feel of the mattress, the sick-ening smell, as the coarse jute fibers which had started it flow-up, and drew in great gulps of air steeped in the warm tropical ...
Chapter 8: Brother Daniel’s Roses
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...over the top of his horn- rimmed glasses at the approach of his pearance of the seventeen- year- old girl who stepped across the threshold. “Hong” in Vietnamese signified the rose, and there ruffled the leaves of the large kapok tree in the middle of the past the kapok in search of shelter, the tails of their cassocks ...
Chapter 9: Envy
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Diep fiddled with her cosmetic kit. The mother- of- pearl clasp glow cast by the light above her head. The faint scent of makeup drifted upward and enclosed her in its smell. The actress gazed upon the colors of a warrior, Trieu Au, one of Viet Nam’s most against the window and then, recovering, stared out at the shells ...
Chapter 10: The Composer and the Mermaid
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...man’s work. Camille Saint- Saëns had had a rough passage out board, stayed by his side solicitously the whole time and tried little to quell the heaving of Camille’s stomach, but the voyage was nothing compared to his struggle to finish Ernest Guiraud’s chain of islands since his arrival finally lifted from the sea, like ...
Chapter 11: The Stone Man of Lang Son
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...cane. Pain shot through his leg as he leaned his back against the cliff and gazed out over the jade green paddy fields of ky Lua. in the sixteenth century to keep out an earlier Chinese invasion. kiss. Huong blushed in gratification, then glanced up at a huge they’d waited five years, a violent storm struck the mountain ...
Chapter 12: The Leader
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Incidentally, my given name, “Trong,” means “respected.” On put the entire central command in turmoil, “I want you to lead during the last two big offensives. “Chien,” by the way, means “fighter.” The colonel’s loss had been grievously felt by all.and spread it out across the top of his desk. The smell of leather ...
Chapter 13: The Summer Associate
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...startled paralegal into a corner office overlooking Market Street into the back of the eleventh- floor storage area, with its dirty eggshell- white walls, piled redwells, musty file cartons marked with the names of securities and antitrust cases, leftover smell the paralegal’s many all- nighters trawling through the files for ...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: NOTRE DAME REVIEW Prize
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth