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Publisher's Summary

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.
Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father, Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota driven from the mountains of Laos by America's Secret War.
Bee lost his father as a young boy and keenly felt his orphanhood. He would wander from one neighbor to the next, collecting the things they said to each other, whispering the words to himself at night until one day a song was born. Bee sings the life of his people through the war-torn jungle and a Thai refugee camp. But the songs fall away in the cold, bitter world of a Minneapolis housing project and on the factory floor until, with the death of Bee's mother, the songs leave him for good. But before they do, Bee, with his poetry, has polished a life of poverty for his children, burnished their grim reality so that they might shine.
Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet is a love story - of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, and a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.
©2016 Kao Kalia Yang (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Dianne Haulcy on 11-07-17

Moving Storytelling

Four generation story full of rich Hmong history and culture. A must read for every Minnesotan at least.

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By Charles N. on 09-29-17

Cnord

The narrator, the author, was so terrible I found it difficult to concentrate on the story
After 4 chapters I had to quit !
She sounded like a bored teenager who was forced into reading the book.
Did anyone listen to this before inflicting it on faithful customers ?
I'd like my money back. I have bought dozens of books from Audible and this is the first complaint I have ever made

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