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Run Me to Earth

by Paul Yoon

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Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
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    Jan 2020, 272 pages

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Through the lens of heroic and diverse characters, Yoon creates a panorama of human war and recovery spanning from 1960s Laos to contemporary Europe.

Suspenseful and elegant storytelling in Run Me to Earth kept me turning pages even through traumatic and heartbreaking scenes. In the United States, it's a lesser known historical fact—despite American involvement—that the country of Laos was heavily bombarded from 1964 to 1973 during a complicated power conflict in Southeast Asia. In an author's note, Paul Yoon explains the magnitude of devastation: "...the equivalent of one bombardment every eight minutes, twenty-four hours a day, for nine years." His ambitious novel excavates this chapter of Lao history and explores how ordinary civilians cope with war's disruption and violence.

Three orphaned youth—Prany, his sister Noi and their best friend Alisak—exist in the margins, dodging bombs and scavenging to survive. They're recruited by a physician named Dr. Vang and a cadre of nurses who run a makeshift medical...

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