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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (921 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Bergen Narrator: Anna Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Haunted by a horrible memory from the war, alone since his grown children moved out, Vietnam vet Charles Boatman returns to Vietnam after the war.

Ada and her brother Jon follow their missing father to Vietnam. Their search for him tears them apart in ways they never could have guessed, and Vietnam finds its way in. Shifting between Charles’ and Ada’s points of view, their journeys become increasingly colorful and complex as the story moves from the rural Pacific Northwest to the frenetic confusion of modern-day Vietnam. The suspense builds, dreamlike, to a paradoxical climax of revelation and obfuscation, love and grief.

This is a hauntingly beautiful story of family ties and human longing by the prize-winning, critically acclaimed Canadian author David Bergen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With his thoughtful dialogue, Bergen makes the characters’ heartache seep off the page.”


  • “Luminous...In this meditation on the aftereffects of violence and failed human connection, Bergen’s austere prose illustrates the arbitrary nature of life’s defining moments.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields’ performance is brave.”


  • “[Bergen] preserves the exquisiteness of the Vietnamese culture, lending a unique beauty to the story. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “This...novel will mesmerize readers with the intensity of its vision.”


  • “A beautifully composed, unflinching and harrowing story. Perhaps the best fiction yet to confront and comprehend the legacy of Vietnam.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2005Scotiabank Giller Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 2/20/2014

    " The setting of the book grabbed me and I am enjoying the variety of characters. Maybe I can sort of relate to the ex-pat lifestyle too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron Kropf | 2/17/2014

    " An alright book. I didn't know what to expect. I found it interesting being an expat in an asian country myself. It was good enough to make want to find more books by Bergen "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 2/12/2014

    " A father returns to Vietnam to address unresolved issues from his combat days and is followed by his daughter who follows his trail and unravels the narrative of the father she never really knew... hypnotic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sean Mills | 2/8/2014

    " the book started good but halfway I lost interest. I finished it but I found the ending stopped abruptly. "

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About the Author

David Bergren is the author of four highly acclaimed novels. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. The Case of Lena S. won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. The Time in Between won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Bergen is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Sitting Opposite My Brother, which was a finalist for the Manitoba Book of the Year Award. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada.