The Eaves of Heaven is difficult to categorize. It's
not quite a biography, autobiography, nor memoir. "I did not
set out to write my father's biography
" the author states
in his notes at the front of the book. "I have lent his life
stories my words. The perspectives and sentiments within are
his." Although it doesn't fit the standard mould, however,
the book's format "works;" it's both effective and
affecting. The end result is an absorbing, real-life account
of Thong Van Pham's life in Vietnam during a particularly
Thong Van Pham's story is told in two parallel time lines, one relating his childhood in North Vietnam (1940 1954), the other his adulthood in the South (1956 1976). The author's approach can cause the reader a certain amount of confusion...
About The Author
Andrew X Pham (pronounced fam) was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1967. His father, Thong Van Pham, worked for the US during the Vietnam War and was imprisoned in a reeducation camp after the war by the Communists. The family arrived in California in 1977 as 'boat people'.
As a child, Andrew thought he would become a painter but eventually followed his father (a software engineer) into the same field, graduating from UCLA with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1990. After briefly working as an aircraft engineer, he realized he was unfit for cubicle work so quit his job to pursue an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Engineering. Eventually, he abandoned his studies, and, saddled with debts, tried his hand at writing for a living - working as a technical writer ...
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