The Latehomecomer

  • by Kao Kalia Yang
  • Narrated by Kao Kalia Yang
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 70s and 80s, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United States, all in search of a new place to call home. Decades later, their experiences remain largely unknown.
Kao Kalia Yang was driven to tell her own family's story after her grandmother’s death. The Latehomecomer is a tribute to that grandmother, a remarkable woman whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their narrow escape into Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, their immigration to St. Paul when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to life in America. It is also an eloquent firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard in their adopted homeland.

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What the Critics Say

"Yang tells her family’s story with grace; she narrates their struggles, beautifully weaving in Hmong folklore and culture. By the end of this moving, unforgettable book, when Yang describes the death of her beloved grandmother, readers will delight at how intimately they have become part of this formerly strange culture." (Publishers Weekly)
"Yang intimately chronicles the immigrant experience from the Hmong perspective, providing a long-overdue contribution to the history and literature of ethnic America." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Thank you for sharing

A unique look into the experience of an immigrant family. The story comes from the heart. It has a voice of discovery, innocence, and great love.
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- Hodge

Beautiful and moving

Yang reads her story with great emotion and she tells her story so well that I feel like I have come to know her and her family. Phau ntawv no zoo kawg li tiag.
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- Seth M.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2011
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books