Friday, December 15, 2017

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui


Until she was an adult, Thi Bui did not know the stories of her parents. She knew they came from Vietnam but the world they knew, the circumstances that created her life, all that was a mystery until she began to dig. The Best We Could Do is the story of Thi’s family: what they experienced and overcame. And it’s not pretty. It is the story of people living in a Vietnam in flux, a county shifting and changing until it is a place of fear and danger. As she sorts through her roots, she slowly begins to understand herself.

This was powerful and very sad. It’s a story that puts a face to the plight of refugees, fleshing out how truly terrorizing life can be and what people are willing to sacrifice to get a chance for their children. I liked the graphic novel format for this tale that taught me about a Vietnam that no longer exists and about the complicated web of experience that makes us who we are.

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