For those who have not read it, I HIGHLY recommend it. It tells the true story of GB's family's lives before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Using the medium of the graphic novel gives the story a potent and emotional edge, which makes the reader feel like you are in the story, watching GB's family survive and struggle to stay together.
GB showed the class and public lecture his original journal and sketch book that he took with him on his 1st trip to Vietnam, which planted the seed for the novel. I really appreciated this because so rarely do readers get to see the process behind a book, never mind the original artwork and plot layout. GB then walked us through how VIETNAMERICA came to fruition, as a series of important crossroads and life events came together which amalgamated into the need to tell his families story.
If you love graphic novels, or stories of immigration, conflict, history, or self-discovery, pick up a copy of VIETNAMERICA. To learn more about GB, please stop by his website, http://gbtran.com