A best-selling memoir of survival and resilience....
for the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography
"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.
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.
"...fascinating: exotic, atmospheric, jaw-dropping." --
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.’
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 Click here to read the full review.
"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.
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, author, journalist and 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
"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
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.
"My favourite book of the year, The
Unquiet Daughter, is a beautifully-written big-hearted memoir..." The East Asia Book Review
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