Book Review: The Girl Who Said Goodbye by Heather Allen

By: Heather Allen

The Girl Who Said Goodbye is the memoir of author, Heather Allen’s aunt, Siv Eng whose life was turned upside down by the violent take-over of the Khmer Rouge army, in Cambodia, in the 1970s. Siv Eng was studying pharmacology when she, her brother, sister-in-law, and aunt were rounded up and marched out of the city to a work camp. Separated from her mother and younger siblings who were similarly rounded up, Siv Eng’s story is of bravery in the face of unimaginable danger.

This story is truly captivating. Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. Allen’s prose bring harrowing story of the will to survive in the face of unbelievable tragedy to life in an engaging way. This story honors a piece of history that fails to get the attention it deserves.

Don’t miss this brilliantly written memoir.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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