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A best-selling memoir of survival and resilience.

 

"Powerful," "compelling," "heartbreaking" and "a gripping story of self-doubt and self-discovery." -- Publishers Weekly Click here for the full review. Click here to buy the book. Click here to read the excerpt available for a limited time. 

 

"Passionate and unflinchingly honest, this is a fascinating memoir that explores the tangled connections between Graham Greene's fictional version of wartime Indochina and the real people there whose actions have haunted the author for most of her life.

"Danielle Flood is the child of an affair so much like the one described in the love triangle of Greene's novel, The Quiet American, that she is perfectly right to make her startling claim, "I am a sequel he never wrote."" -- Michael Shelden, Pulitzer prize finalist, Graham Greene expert, Indiana State professor and biographer of Greene, Orwell, Churchill and Twain, and Melville.

 

The similarities in The Unquiet Daughter between Flood’s parents’ lives and the plot of Graham Greene's The Quiet American “are tantalizingly close, far too close to be coincidental; as Flood writes in the Prologue: ‘I came from a love triangle much like the one Greene describes in his novel. I am the sequel he never wrote.’

“…As sequels go, Danielle Flood’s life story could easily be a Graham Greene novel, full of dark twists and turns, betrayals, heartbreak and the saddest of all forms of unrequited love…

“…moving and at times imbued with humour…the tension is all too believable, but so is the joy…forgiveness and healing are at the heart of the story and the author’s ability to forgive is almost as powerful as the complex plot itself.” -- The Catholic World Report
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"Holy Moly, Mother of God. Ferociously honest and gorgeously written, Flood's memoir is a fiercely tragic story of her search for her real father, her knotted relationship with her complicated mother -- and her hard-won understanding of herself. About memory, love, loss and time, Flood's engrossing debut shines like mica and is as polished as platinum." -- Caroline Leavitt, The New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World. 

“Danielle Flood recounts her search for her biological father…Living a privileged but isolated childhood…Flood chronicles her complicated relationship with her mother and reveals how she finally discovered the truth about her parents’ life in Saigon in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, finally understanding a little more about who she truly is.” – Foreign Service Journal To read the full review click here. 

 

"...a compelling, poetic account of self-doubt, self-discovery and the power of love." -- Fordham Magazine. Click here to read the full review.

 

"When I was 13 or so, the Vietnam War in full flower, reading Graham Greene's The Quiet American let me appreciate fiction in a whole new way. Years later, Danielle Flood's riveting memoir-cum-mystery-story has let me appreciate Greene and his novel -- and the intersections of fiction and nonfiction -- in new ways. Such a story! And so beautifully told." -- Kurt Andersen, novelist, host of the public radio show Studio 360 

 

"Every once in a while a memoir will appear that has the power to stop us dead...This book relates the triumph of the indomitable human spirit in the most trying of life's circumstances..." -- Jo Manning, biographer and novelist

 

"Extraordinary and spectacular...a story that connect powerfully and poignantly with most of us." -- David Lawrence, Jr., international child advocate and former publisher of The Miami Herald 

 

"...a work that will outlive us all: compelling, acutely honest and profoundly moving, without being whiny or cruel. That's rare." -- Joe McGinniss, author, The Selling of the President 1968 and ten other books.

 

"The Unquiet Daughter is the true story of an exceptional woman. It takes the reader on an amazing journey. Exotic, mysterious, exciting and romantic. Bravo Danielle Flood. It's a classic." -- Eliott Gould, Oscar-nominated actor and veteran of more than 150 movies and television shows.

 

"In Danielle Flood's clear-eyed memoir of her early life with her exquisitely beautiful and deeply troubled mother, this truth echoes: the fact that a child could survive such emotional devastation and cruelty is a testament to her resilience and her valiant spirit." -- Leslie Daniels, author of Cleaning Nabokov's House.

 

Danielle Flood is "the daughter of a complex (woefully inadequate in this case) French/Vietnamese woman who was part of a wartime love triangle that inspired the one in Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American. While the Greene connection may have lured me in, it was Flood's compelling 'sequel' that kept me riveted as she chronicled her often harrowing childhood, an intensive search for her real father and finally the unraveling of impossibly fine threads woven between her parents' lives and Greene's fiction. Journalist and storyteller are in perfect synd in these pages." Robert Gray, Fresh Eyes Now, Shelf-Awareness.

 
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Watch and hear Danielle read from The Unquiet Daughter below by clicking on WATCH ON VIMEO or the arrow. She and David Lawrence, Jr., former publisher of The Miami Herald, are introduced by Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books and Books and founder of the Miami International Book Fair. Danielle reads several sections from The Unquiet Daughter to a crowd of about a hundred at the Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida. During the question and answer session, she explains how she found foreign service and Central Intelligence Agency officers who worked in Saigon with her parents more than 65 years ago, amongst other aspects of researching and writing The Unquiet Daughter.

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Selected Journalism
 

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New York, New York. Sept. 10, 1973 -- Associated Press Reporter Danielle Flood, right, garners exclusive interview with Monica Schwinn, the first female POW known to have been released by the North Vietnamese. Click here to read the AP story, also published in The New York Times.

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Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y., August 26, 1973 -- A U.S. Secret Service agent is unhappy as AP reporter Danielle Flood, 20, tries to interview Vice Presidential candidate Sergeant Shriver at a Kennedy Pro-Celebrity tennis tournament. Arthur Ashe, left of Shriver, and Pancho Gonzalez, left of Ashe, prepare for all-day volleys. (AP wirephoto)