Libby talks to Pam Stack about A Bend in the River
A BEND IN THE RIVER
In 1968 two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. The only survivors of the brutal massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies. Mai ekes out a living as a GI bar girl, but Tâm’s anger festers, and she heads into jungle terrain to fight with the Viet Cong. For nearly ten years, neither sister knows if the other is alive. Do they both survive the war? And if they do, can they mend their fractured relationship? Or are the wounds from their journeys too deep to heal? In a stunning departure from her crime thrillers, Libby Fischer Hellmann delves into a universal story about survival, family, and the consequences of war.
"In this richly drawn tour de force, Libby Hellmann paints an Asian family saga over two continents. Two sisters take different paths, struggle to confront the past, themselves, and each other. Highly recommended."
—Cara Black, NY Times Bestselling author of Three Hours in Paris
"In a brilliant departure from her earlier work, Hellmann has crafted a stunning piece of historical fiction... a story that will force us all to look back on the Vietnam War with a different, and I believe kinder, understanding. This is an important novel that deserves a broad audience. Kudos to Hellmann for her courage in striking out in this bold, new direction."
—William Kent Krueger, NY Times Bestselling Author of This Tender Land
"Libby Fischer Hellmann is at her best in this novel... This gripping international saga illuminates the complexities of politics and loyalty and love, and is a powerful testament to the strength of women."
—Sujata Massey, Author, The Satapur Moonstone
Featured pages highlights events, appearances, crime writing workshops I run and other topics you will find interesting.
Libby has developed several interactive workshops on the craft of writing as well as how to publish and promote. Libby is often invited to deliver keynote presentations at events and conferences—she enjoys helping others tell their stories and hopes her audiences enjoy hers.
Libby hosts Second Sunday Books, a talk show on the Authors on the Air network. Podcasts are available on the second Sunday of every month, and each podcast is about 30 minutes. Crime Fiction, True Crime, Thrillers, Biographies, Social Issues, Historical and Women’s Fiction—they’re all fair game. If you have an idea for a guest, please contact Libby through her website. And don’t forget to “like” the Second Sunday Books Facebook page!