Books by Hoa Minh Truong

About the Books

Good Evening, Vietnam

The dramatic and sweeping novel Good Evening, Vietnam tells the story of a great love, interrupted by war.

During his tour of duty in Vietnam, a young U.S. chopper co-pilot falls in love with a Vietnamese girl. After his chopper is shot down, he is taken prisoner by the Vietcong. Under a POW exchange in 1973, he returns to America, leaving behind his pregnant girlfriend.

When Vietcong take over Saigon, they imprison hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese who worked with the Americans, force others into the jungles, and denounce the children of U.S. soldiers. Most of these abandoned children were left homeless, some became gangsters, and others joined bandit gangs.

Many years later, the American pilot travels back to Vietnam, hoping to achieve some closure to the past. While there, he is robbed by a gang leader, who takes his wallet. Later, the gang leader looks inside, and finds a surprising photo. Good Evening, Vietnam is the stunning story of a reunion that almost never happened, and a love that endures time and seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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From Laborer to Author: The Flowers in Heaven Are Rooted in Hell

Survival in Vietnam after the war was hell on earth. Hoa Minh Truong was able to change his life because of the English he learned in a re-education camp after Saigon fell on April 30, 1975. Read his amazing true story in his heartfelt book From Laborer to Author: The Flowers in Heaven Are Rooted in Hell.

This is the biography of an astonishing – and stubborn – man. English was banned when the Vietcong launched its counter-revolution culture campaign by collecting English books and burning them. Learning English was dangerous and meant death or torture, but Hoa risked everything and promised to write his story if he survived. His mother wrapped his food supply in dictionary pages that appeared to look like newspapers. As he ate, he quietly learned English word by word.

In 1981, Hoa was released from the camp because of illness. A year later, he escaped to a Malaysia refugee camp, and then resettled in Australia. It took him 25 years, but Hoa wrote his first book, The Dark Journey, in 2010. He wrote Good Evening, Vietnam a year later, and now he has finally completed the book he promised himself he would write.

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About the Author

Hoa Minh Truong volunteered for the South Vietnamese army and was among the 500,000 defeated troops sent to re-education camps. He later resettled in Western Australia, where he became a journalist. He has never returned to his homeland.