Ha-Le Thai knew that escaping Vietnam for freedom in a cramped, leaking boat would not be easy. She imagined that building a new life in Australia, from little more than a hope and a dream, would stretch her courage and strength to its limits. But the warrior and refugee never guessed that her biggest challenge of all would be motherhood.
A product of two cultures, Ha Le’s daughter is educated, confident and excited to introduce her Australian boyfriend to the family. As a protective mother, Ha-Le must overcome beliefs of the past and embrace the future she’s fought so hard for. But when a darker secret is revealed, Ha- Le finds herself once more a warrior caught on a battlefield. This time, however, cruel words and stony silences replace beatings and famine; the emotional warfare somehow taking a greater toll.
Past and present collide as Ha Le searches her history to try and make sense of her heartbreak. She might have overcome the threat of death and communism, but she’s never truly escaped the ghosts that keep her light from shining. In this tale of strength and vulnerability, love and loss, life journeys and self-discovery, Ha Le must save her family a second time by returning to where her story began.
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Waratah: From the Ashes of the Vietnam War, Grew a Spirit that would not be Stopped by Ha-Le Thai is the author's story, a tale of courage, heartbreak, and new beginnings with the challenges that come with it. Ha-Le escapes the threat of communism and death when she leaves her country, Vietnam, on a crowded boat for Australia. While she is aware that it isn't going to be easy, she is determined to succeed. But her child, born of an interracial couple, is educated and ready to face life, so Ha-Le has to change her beliefs to accommodate her when her daughter prepares to introduce her boyfriend.
The worst form of pain that Ha-Le experiences is her heartbreak. Now she must choose how to face a new form of threat, of rejection and silent death. Does she have the courage to start all over again? The author tells her story and shares the common experiences of refugees and the effects of war and communism. The author writes with a simplicity of style that makes the narrative addictive and her manner of exploring her emotions with insight will be an added delight for readers. Waratah: From the Ashes of the Vietnam War, Grew a Spirit that would not be Stopped is a memoir that redefines grit and resilience and explores what the human spirit can endure. Written in beautiful prose and featuring scenes of adventure, it is emotionally charged and filled with wisdom for expatriates. A true story that reads like an exciting fictional tale. What fascinated me about Ha-Le Thai’s life is her ability to inspire others through her work. Waratah encourages those who have been battered to rise and claim victory, though it may take time to heal. Her story is foreign to most as we don’t face a war on our lands. With a touch of humor and venture, this work will open your eyes to the possibilities before you. Her accomplishments are motivating and her drive is contagious. Excellent read, but would also be worthy to give as a gift.
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