A favorite independent bookstore of mine had this book on their staff recommendations shelf with the notation that this was that staff members all-time favorite book. Wow!
With that high a recommendation I felt I had to buy it (plus, I loved many of the other books on the shelf, which is usually a good sign).
Set in the aftermath of the Cambodian killing fields, the book follows Anne who is in love with Cambodian immigrant Serey while both are living in Montreal. He goes home and disappears. Anne shapes her life around his memory, renting his old apartment and always leaving space for him in her life.
When Anne thinks she sees Serey in coverage of a protest in Cambodia, she abandons her life and gets on a plane to find him. She eventually tracks him down, but the marks of the war are on him.
I don’t want to give away any more of the plot, but it’s not really about the plot. It’s about Kim Echlin’s beautiful writing and her portrayal of a love that can’t be broken.
I definitely recommend this book.