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  • A Bend In the River
  • Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • 15 June 2019

A Bend In the River ❰Reading❯ ➶ A Bend In the River Author Libby Fischer Hellmann – Essayreview.co.uk In two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground The sole survivors of the brutal massacre that killed th Intwo young In the MOBI ô Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground The sole survivors of the brutal A Bend PDF/EPUB ² massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies Mai ekes out a living as a GI bar girl, but Bend In the eBook ↠ Tam’s anger festers, and she heads into jungle terrain to fight with the Viet Cong For nearly ten years, neither sister knows if the other is alive Do they both survive the war? And if they do, can they mend their fractured relationship? Or are the wounds from their journeys too deep to heal? In a stunning departure from her crime thrillers, Libby Fischer Hellmann delves into a universal story about survival, family, and the consequences of war.


About the Author: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer In the MOBI ô Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction Sixteen novels A Bend PDF/EPUB ² and twenty five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery writing community and Bend In the eBook ↠ has even won a few Her newest work is A BE.


10 thoughts on “A Bend In the River

  1. says:

    A Bend in the River derives its name from the Mekong River in Vietnam. In 1968 two young Vietnamese sisters witness the murder of all the members of their village, and the village is burned to the ground by American soldiers searching for Viet Cong. The sisters, Tam and Mai, flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. They steal a sampan and start paddling toward Saigon. Tam is older, more serious, scholarly while Mai is younger, flippant, and self-centered. Their personality differences lead them to very different life choices and ideologies. The bend in the river represents the vastly different turns their lives take after a relationship-ending argument. Tam heads into the jungle to help the Viet Cong while Mai becomes a bar girl, then a prostitute.

    The reunion of the two sisters seems a bit too coincidental; however, I enjoyed the insights into the Vietnam War and seeing it “from the other side.”

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  2. says:

    I’m going to preface my review by saying that this isn’t a genre that I read a lot of. But knowing this author’s works, and her total dedication to research, it was a book that I was very much looking forward to reading. AND, I’m so glad that I did!

    This story revolves around two sisters in war-torn Vietnam. They endure so much hardship in their young lives, from their village being burned to the ground, to the tragic murders of most of those they love and hold dear, to wondering what their future will bring.

    The title is so appropriate for this novel, for A BEND IN THE RIVER, is where their lives are irrevocably changed as they are thrust down two entirely different life paths.

    This book made me cry, made me hopeful, made me cry again, and a few times I found myself saying out loud, “NO, don’t do that!” It took me down many twists and turns, that I never expected or saw coming. I read this book in two nights because I simply couldn’t put it down unless it was absolutely necessary, and even then, I couldn’t stop thinking about what was next to come.

    A heartwarming, heartbreaking, heart-rending story, that will truly touch your heart. I love how the author brought it all together to a surprising conclusion.
    I highly recommend this book; A 5 star must read.

  3. says:

    Tears in my eyes when I read the last page. What a great story about 2 young sisters (Mai, 14 and Tam, 17) in the Vietnamese war.
    The book tells how both young women make choices that are diametrically opposed to each other, both choosing a different path.
    I read the book in one go, so I was drawn into the lives of these sisters. As the writer brings you into the book, it will not let you go.
    Sympathy for both main characters, both courageous with what life brings them. Moments of laughter, hope, sadness, despair, love, mistrust but always persist and carry on

    After the Americans murdered all the inhabitants of their village, of which they are remotely witness, they flee to Saigon. The personalities of the sisters will already emerge. Tam is very careful and trusts few. Mai is more idealistic and assumes the good of a person. Once in Saigon, they try to survive in a refugee camp. Tam finds work in a restaurant which Mai thinks is too little, she sees the big money in a nightclub, working as a GI bargirl. Tam is disappointed in her sister; how can she go to work in a place where Americans come to relax after her village was massacred?

    Both women do whatever it takes to survive. Both find love and lose it again. Both find the chance to escape Vietnam to America and after 10 years they will meet again, both scarred by the war and their choices.

    The book depicts life where Tam as Mai are followed in different parts
    The story of Tam is emotional and raw started. Through her work in the restaurant, Tam comes into contact with Ms. Hang who works for the South but cooperates with the North. She shows her the way to the work of the Viet Cong and Tam joins. Soldiers choices, the atrocities of war, finding love and losing your loved one because she is murdered. Being on the brink of death yourself, being saved and being used as a spy for the communists. The realization that you are being used, the fear of discovery, the fear for your life. With the help of others she manages to go to America, but the fear of discovery continues to color her life.

    Mai follows a completely different route that leads her to America. Mai's story is emotionally heartbreaking, courageous and realistically told.
    As a GI bargirl, she works to give Americans a good time when they are on leave. She falls in love with Sandy and hopes he will take her to America but he leaves Vietnam when Mai is pregnant. To survive and to be able to take care of her son, she does everything. Then she finds love with a senior captain in the South Vietnamese navy. When the war between South and North Vietnam comes to an end and where the North is victorious, she gets a chance to go to America. She sets foot in America when her son is 7 years old. Used to hard work, she manages to build an independent life for her and her son. After Tam and Mai find each other again, disaster strikes the sisters again.

    A look into the lives of war survivors and their struggle to survive. Highly recommended!

    I have received an ARC through the writer and am voluntarily reviewing it


  4. says:

    Thanks to netgalley for ARC copy

    In 1968 two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. The sole survivors of the brutal massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies. Mai ekes out a living as a GI bar girl, but Tam’s anger festers, and she heads into jungle terrain to fight with the Viet Cong. For nearly ten years, neither sister knows if the other is alive. Do they both survive the war? And if they do, can they mend their fractured relationship? Or are the wounds from their journeys too deep to heal? In a stunning departure from her crime thrillers, Libby Fischer Hellmann delves into a universal story about survival, family, and the consequences of war.

    What a wonderful read. Broke my heart at start and also at end. Hellman has researched this book well. I wanted to read this book as was lucky enough to go to the north of Vietnam 20 years ago and stayed on the Mekong River. I have never met such friendly people, and was interesting to read how they suffered.
    Highly recommend

    #ABendintheRiver #NetGalley

  5. says:

    Mai and Tam, two young sisters in Vietnam in 1968 watch from a distance as their family and their entire village is wiped out by American soldiers.

    They escape to Saigon on the river and have some good luck in getting there and settled. Then they start to disagree on how to make money to survive. They take two very different paths.

    This story tells about the war in Vietnam from two vantage points that we Americans rarely thing about. The Vietnamese woman's point of view. One decides to become a bar girl catering to US soldiers. The other becomes part of the Viet Cong. As the country starts to disintegrate at the end of the war, both young women find ways to cope with what they have done during the war.

    Its a thoughtful book that makes you challenge what you may have thought of the Vietnam War.

  6. says:

    I guess that Bend in the Road may be offensive to some that fought in the war that wasn't declared a war with so many horrors to both the Americans's forces, the affected families, and the minds of two teenager girls who found there was no family nor friends left in the village that they had called home. While Mai three years younger than her older sister only thought of her looks and marrying a wealthy son in their village, Tam wanted to go to college to study botany, she found herself the sole responsibility of her younger sister. There was nothing left of use in their village, and Tam had heard the Americans say which way they were going so she led her sister the opposite way toward Saigon. They were unaware that their lust to always be right, as girls will scrabble would take them in different directions. As the war goes on will they be reunited?

  7. says:

    Follow the lives of 2 young girls who find themselves orphaned after seeing their entire village massacred, including their parents and much younger brother. They are the last surviving members of their village as it is burned to the ground during the Viet Nam war.

    After escaping to Saigon, the sisters become estranged and separated because of differing fundamental ideologies.

    This story is not an easy read and shows the harsh realities of war, the struggles of survivors, and the results of the decisions made.

    At the start of the story, Tâm Trang is 17 years old and wants to study botany.

    Mai Linh is her sister and is 14 years old and wants to marry the son of a wealthy Sampan ( a relatively flat-bottomed Chinese and Malay wooden boat) builder.

  8. says:

    Ebook Review: A BEND IN THE RIVER by Libby Fischer Hellmann

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  9. says:

    It has been a long time since my emotions were engaged along with my attention for an entire book like this!

    The story of two sisters and their difficult paths after witnessing American forces level their village in Vietnam, along with the rest of their family, is a story of resilience and hope. Mai becomes a bar girl, struggling to stay solvent, and Tam fights for the Viet Cong. Both find love, and have to do painful things to survive. Yet their story is about strength and growth.

    Hellmann's always intelligent, well researched writing pulls back the history descriptions to see how difficult life was for everyone involved in the Vietnam War. This would be an excellent book for discussion groups and anyone looking to learn more about that period.

  10. says:

    Vietnam- a dark time in history that torn families apart both in the United States as well as Vietnam. Why where we fighting there- the same question that the Vietnamese asked themselves. They didn't want to have a war they wanted to live in peace. Two young sister witness the heedless slaughter of their parents and young brother along with everyone in their village. That sight was imprinted on their minds forever. They ran away to the city and eventually had an argument that tore them apart. In the end they reunite and find a peace with the past. The ending left me with a lump in my throat, they had suffered so much. And to this day the question remains for me at least-why where we there?

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