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Overview Two girls from different worlds come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family--until their journeys suddenly converge. "Beyond the Blue" is the story of enormous losses, unthinkable choices, and the transforming power of God's love for the children of the world.
Publishers Description Two Worlds. Two Women. One Love. In 1975, an American girl named Genevieve loses her mother when a plane full of orphans crashes in war-ravaged Vietnam. Miles away in the countryside, seven-year-old Lan, a Vietnamese girl, is forced out of her family home by her own brother who has joined the Viet Cong. Worlds apart, these two girls come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family-until their journeys suddenly converge. Lan has grown up in the harsh realities of post-war Vietnam, but she yearns for a better life for her children. Meanwhile, Genevieve marries and, faced with infertility, decides to adopt a child from the country her own mother loved so deeply. But the uncertainty and risk of international adoption threatens to overwhelm both women before their hearts and their families can be healed. "Beyond the Blue" is the story of enormous losses, unthinkable choices, and the transforming power of God's love for the children of the world.
Citations And Professional Reviews Beyond the Blue by Leslie Gould has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/28/2005
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2005 page 40
Booklist - 06/01/2005 page 1755
Library Journal - 04/01/2005 page 78
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Leslie Gould works as a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband Peter and four children.. She is the previous curator of the Swedenburg House Museum in Ashland, Oregon. This is her first novel.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond the Blue?
Poignant and extremely well-written Dec 20, 2006
What an incredible interweaving of lives and cultures! Leslie Gould writes with amazing fluidity and a depth of understanding of the painful yet joyful emotions involved in adoption, as well as the contrasting elements of culture in a prosperous America and a war-torn and poverty-stricken Vietnam. And yet, with all the differences in lifestyle, the author manages to bring about a meeting of the hearts that culminates in lives that are changed forever.
Great book Sep 8, 2005
Having adopted from Vietnam, this book was so real. But even for those who have not adopted, the story really helps one see the paradox of adoption, a child given up by a birth mother, yet adopted by a forever family. I couldn't put the book down and it brought all the sights, sounds, and smells back from Vietnam.
two women co-joined by family tragedy in Viet Nam Jun 17, 2005
In 1975, ten years old American Genevieve learns that her mother died in a war related plane crash in Viet Nam while trying to adopt a child. At about the same time, not that far away, the civil war destroys the family of seven years old Vietnamese Lan when her brother, a Viet Cong soldier, drives them out of their home.
Years later partially in homage to her mother, infertile Gen accompanied by her spouse Jeff come to Viet Nam to adopt. Though she detests doing so, an impoverished Lan gives up two of her children for adoption so they have a chance for a better life. Separately impacted by the war, Lan and Gen will soon meet with both still trying to make sense out of what happened to their families back in 1975.
BEYOND THE BLUE is an intriguing tale of two women from differing backgrounds co-joined by family events in Viet Nam almost two decades earlier. The story line follows the preadolescents as they grow up in radically dissimilar environments, but the tragedies of 1975 haunting both of them until they converge as adults. Ironically though quite realistic, the pace shows down when Gen and her husband struggle through delays, detours and unnecessary impediments caused by the unsympathetic Communist government, which in turn adds plenty of realism. Leslie Gould writes a strong two women character study that provides her audience with a fine story that nurtures hope in the future.