We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People by Dao Strom
In this unique hybrid work, author/musician Dao Strom navigates the spaces between shores, mother and father, two cultures. The daughter of writers, she fled Vietnam with her mother at the end of the war. It was not until years later that she learned her father was still alive and had spent a decade in Communist “reeducation” camps as persecution for his work as a writer in the pre-1975 era of Saigon. This rift—caught between the forward-looking mother who severed ties with the past, and the only tenuous presence of a father who could not turn away from the past—is the initiating ethos behind this memoir, which renders itself also as an experiment in literary multimedia, combining text, image, and song to ruminate on the intersection of personal and collective histories. The result is a work that draws disparate “voices” together into one confluent, challenging whole.
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We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People is accompanied by a music album, East/West.
Dao Strom is the author of two previous books of fiction, Grass Roof, Tin Roof (Mariner Books, 2003) and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint Press, 2006). She is also a writer of songs. She has received awards from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Genre: Memoir/Essays/Multimedia/Asian-American Literature
Author: Dao Strom
Release Date: October 20, 2015
For the Book: Amazon / Ingram / Powell’s (Portland OR) / Powells.com / more TBD
For the Album: CDBaby / Bandcamp / iTunes / Amazon / more TBD
PUBLISHER: www.paperdollworks.com - via Martin Paul Moser Productions.
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