When Tung's father is sentenced to death by Communist guerrillas in North Vietnam, 1954, his family is forced to flee. Driven by the guilt of his association with the Communists, Tung recommits himself to the duty he had abandoned – that of a son.
Uprooted sees Tung become protector and provider for his family, as Japanese occupation, the French Indochinese War and the American [Vietnam] War rage around them. The resilience he learned as a rice farmer is tested as he rebuilds their lives in wealthy and embattled Saigon.
All Tung wants to do in the city’s politicized environment is feed and educate his children. But taking a job with the Americans brings him to the attention of corrupt government officials, ungodly priests, Viet Cong assassins and trigger-happy GIs. He becomes a target like his father before him.
While based on a true story, Uprooted uses both imagined conversations and historical contextualization to tell Tung's story. Through his perspective we see the effect on the ground of decisions made in capital cities thousands of miles away.
While Uprooted presents a fresh perspective on the Vietnam War, it is ultimately the uplifting saga of a family who's survival depends on perseverance, ingenuity and improbable luck.
|Realism:||A true story to the best of the author's knowledge|
|Setting Type:||Urban (city)|
|Time Period:||1960 - 1969|
Styles & Themes
|Humor:||Moments of levity|
|Inspires Reader to Feel:||N/A or None of the above|
|Mysteries & Puzzles:||Modest mystery element(s) to story|
|Pacing:||Time to savor, deliberate|
|Physical Action:||Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)|
|Political/Social Commentary:||Geopolitical factors major theme at an international level|
|Romance:||Minor romance, not a significant story driver|