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The Sea of Trees (original 1997; edition 1997)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039592491X, Paperback)A New York Times Notable Book In a first novel of "vivid, harrowing beauty" (People), Murphy surveys the landscape of war and peace through the unflinching gaze of an adolescent girl. Set in Indochina in the 1940s, The Sea of Trees is narrated by Tian, who is taken prisoner when the Japanese invade Shanghai. Based on stories from the author's own family history and laced with Chinese folklore, this startling novel "could not be more artful" (Los Angeles Times).
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A Eurasian girl's coming of age during a war. She is Tian, half-French, half-Chinese, whose early teens are spent with her family in a World War II Japanese internment camp where she serves as a translator. Later in Saigon, during Indochina War I, she interprets for the French army while they torture Vietnamese prisoners. A first novel.
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