"Inside Out & Back Again"
From Saigon to Alabama, Inside Out
and Back Again is the story of a year
in the life of Hà, a ten-year-old girl
who flees Vietnam with her mother
and brothers, in hopes of escaping the Vietnam War and building new—and safer—lives for themselves in the
Written as a series of short poems,
it is a sparse and honest narrative
that follows Hà as she leaves behind
the only home she's ever known to travel by boat to America. She may have left war behind, but plenty of difficulty awaits, and Hà and her family struggle
to find their footing in the United States.
At the end of the year, though—and as the book ends—they're finally getting their bearings, all holding onto hope
that life will keep getting better.