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Abbigail Rosewood

If I Had Two Lives

Abbigail Rosewood

If I Had Two Lives

2019, pp. 272, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787701595
Region: United States
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£ 13.99

The book

A young woman’s search for home and belonging

This luminous debut follows a young woman from her childhood in Vietnam to her life in the United States – and her necessary return to her homeland.

As a child, isolated from the world in a secretive military encampment with her distant mother, she turns for affection to a sympathetic soldier and to the only other girl in the camp, forming two friendships that will shape the rest of her life. As a young adult in New York, cut off from her native country and haunted by the scars of her youth, she is still in search of a home. She falls in love with a married woman who is the image of her childhood friend, and follows strangers because they remind her of her soldier. When tragedy arises, she must return to Vietnam to confront the memories of her youth – and recover her identity.

An inspiring meditation on love, loss, motherhood, and the presence of a past that never dies, If I Had Two Lives explores the ancient question: do we value the people in our lives because of who they are, or because of what we need them to be?

The author

Abbigail Rosewood
Abbigail N. Rosewood was born in Vietnam, where she lived until the age of twelve. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. An excerpt from her first novel won first place in the Writers Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest. She lives in New York.

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