A mesmerizing debut novel, Once Upon a Mulberry Field tells a heartrending tale of American and South Vietnamese love at a time when both countries were torn apart by war. Set at Bien-Hoa Air Force Base near Saigon in 1967, at the height of the war and the Tet Offensive, the novel explores the blossoming romance between a U.S. Air Force doctor, Roger Connors, and Lien, a young Vietnamese widow working as a hostess at a Saigon club. As the war progresses and political offensives set the country in turmoil, Roger and Lien are forced into circumstances that tear them apart. Many years later, Roger receives a cryptic note from a long-lost Air Force buddy announcing the visit of an acquaintance from Vietnam. The startling news resurrects ghosts of fallen comrades and haunting memories of a decades-old secret that Roger and Lien once shared.
Filled with descriptions of the lush, war-torn countryside, and the turbulent political atmosphere surrounding the war, Once Upon a Mulberry Field is a poignant reminder of the unspeakable losses and personal sacrifices made by both those who served in Vietnam and those who called the country home. From the exploding minefields of the Vietnamese jungles to the harsh reality of a nation that turned its back on its returning soldiers, Once Upon a Mulberry Field explores one man's journey of self-discovery, fraught with heroism and despair, but ultimately redeemed by the power of love.
“I originally began this story as a nostalgia project for my dad, who often reminisced about our memories as a Vietnamese family living in Saigon during the war,” said Hoang. “As I researched the war, I discovered websites and memoirs by American veterans who served in Vietnam, and through my conversations with some of them, I caught a glimpse into their experiences. It was my wish to bring together these two very distinct yet complementary accounts of the war by writing a novel about the personal stories of both the native people who had suffered through it and the life-changing ordeal borne by participants from a distant land.”
C. L. Hoang was born and raised in South Vietnam during the war and came to the United States in the 1970’s. He graduated with degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio University and the University of California, Berkeley, and earns his living as an electronic engineer, with eleven patents to his name. Books, history, and travel are his hobbies, and Once Upon a Mulberry Field is his first novel.
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