It wasn't until the early '90s that the
war-torn country etched into the historical memory of every
American finally opened its doors to the world. Journalist
Dana Sachs had been haunted by her limited understanding of
Vietnam culled from bits and pieces of the evening news and
quick summaries in high school history. She decided she had
to get to know Vietnam and its people from the inside out.
She'd anticipated being met with stares
and hostility as an American in Vietnam She hadn't
anticipated becoming entranced, so entranced that she moved
The House on Dream Street is
Sachs' heartfelt account of how she settled in with a
Vietnamese family, learned the language, and made a place
for herself in "enemy" territory. And then, when she least
expected it, she fell in love.
With vivid descriptions of the tastes,
sounds, smells, and images of Vietnam, Sachs reveals the
beauty of a country long off-limits to Americans. Part love
story, part social commentary, Sachs' memoir explores the
tenuous balance between the old and new Vietnam. But above
all, The House on Dream Street tells the story of a
woman learning to know her own heart.
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