Vietnam, 1972: under a full moon, on the banks of the Song Ma River, a baby girl is pulled out of her dead mother s grave. This is Rabbit, who is born with the ability to speak with the dead. She will flee from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. As Rabbit channels the voices of the dead, their chorus reconstructs the turbulent history of a nation, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations to the chaos of postwar reunification. Radiant, lyrical, and deeply moving, this is the unforgettable story of one woman s struggle to unearth the true history of Vietnam while also carving out a place for herself within it."
Barry, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin.