The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been… (more)

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 30, 1998)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English

Awards: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1997 winner, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1997 winner


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