When Broken Glass Floats

By Chanrithy Him


'A gut-wrenching story told with honesty, restraint, and dignity.' -Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting

Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way 'worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child.'

In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the 'killing fields.' She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America.

A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

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When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

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When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge, Chanrithy Him