One of the Ten Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Book WorldOne of the Los Angeles Timesâ Favorite Books of the YearOne of the Top Ten National Books of 2008, Portland OregonianA 2009 Honor Book of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians AssociationâFew books have combined the historical scope and the literary skill to give the Âforeign reader a sense of events from a Vietnamese perspective. . . . Now we can add Andrew Phamâs Eaves of Heaven to this list of indispensable books.â âNew York Times Book ReviewâSearing . . . vividâand harrowing . . . Here is war and life through the eyes of a Vietnamese everyman.ââSeattle TimesOnce wealthy landowners, Thong Van Phamâs family was shattered by the tumultuous events of the twentieth century: the French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Vietnam War.Told in dazzling chapters that alternate between events in the past and those closer to the present, The Eaves of Heaven brilliantly re-creates the trials of everyday life in Vietnam as endured by one man, from the fall of Hanoi and the collapse of French colonialism to the frenzied evacuation of Saigon. Pham offers a rare portal into a lost world as he chronicles Thong Van Phamâs heartbreaks, triumphs, and bizarre reversals of fortune, whether as a South Vietnamese soldier pinned down by enemy ďŹre, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese under brutal interrogation, or a refugee desperately trying to escape Vietnam after the last American helicopter has abandoned Saigon. This is the story of a man caught in the maelstrom of twentieth-century politics, a gripping memoir told with the urgency of a wartime dispatch by a writer of surpassing talent.