Red Blood, Yellow Skin
by Linda L. T. Baer
List Price: $16.95
Hardcover: 342 pages
Publisher: River Grove Books
Publish Date: May 5, 2015
New in Print
Review by Angela Kent
This is a heart-gripping tale of a woman’s survival first in North Vietnam and then into South Vietnam. This riveting story grabs your attention straight from the introduction where she witnesses her father’s murder from the Viet Minh when she was only four years old. Then she is torn from her home to live with her abusive stepfather, a wealthy doctor in a new city. However, with the battles raging in North Vietnam the family soon lost everything and had to move to South Vietnam.
South Vietnam was a constant
struggle for food for the family. They moved to several small villages and were
often split up and divided amongst other families for work. The author herself
left her family at a very young age and took on any menial job she could find
from being a maid, to a personal assistant, to selling products on the black
market. Despite the constant exposure to drugs, alcohol, and prostitution in
war-torn Saigon, she was still able to keep her morals intact and make a living.
In this first edition, there are a few editorial errors and contradictory dates. However, I loved the authentic pictures to back-up the story. Later in the story the author included more of the ages when things happened so it was easier to follow. Earlier in the story I would have liked to have known how old she was when certain things had happened. However, I also understand she may not have known how old she was at the time. Overall, I would highly recommend this story. It was difficult to put down. I love a good story of survival
-- especially a woman’s perspective and it helped me to really understand what was happening in Vietnam at the time.