“The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui

When Bui becomes a new mother, she embarks on an emotional journey to reveal her hidden emotions toward her own parents as a refugee child. She recognizes that the trauma she experienced as a child was the result of war ghosts lingering in her parents’ daily lives. Bui is intrigued by her mother and father’s background and the choices they made in order to survive and provide a safer life for her and her siblings as a new parent.

From the fascinating pictures to the emotional writing, Thi Bui needed to use her memory to write out this book. It depicts the difficulties of immigration, the loss of one’s homeland due to conflict, and the frantic efforts to keep one’s family together while adjusting to a new culture. The Best We Could Do is a touching tribute to her ancestors and parents, who risked their lives to survive and provide a better life for their children.

The story not only goes into detail about what happened with Bui’s family but it was also written from her parents’ perspectives. From when they were kids to how they grew up and how they met each other. The more you read this book the more you will find out why each person is the person they are today and what made them who they are.

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