The Hungry Season: A Journey of War, Love, and Survival (Hardcover)

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In the tradition of Katherine Boo and Tracy Kidder, a deeply reported drama ranging from the mist-covered mountains of Laos to the sunbaked flatlands of Fresno, California, tracing one woman’s quest to overcome the wounds inflicted by war and family alike​.

As combat rages across the lush highlands of Vietnam and Laos, a child is born. Ia Moua enters life at the bottom of her world’s social order, both because she is part of Laos’s Hmong minority and because she is female. But when brutal communist rule upends her life and strips Ia of all she loves, this young girl resolves to chart her own defiant path. With ceaseless ambition and an indestructible spirit, Ia builds a new life for herself and, before long, for her children, first in the refugee camps of Thailand and then in the industrial heartland of California’s San Joaquin Valley. At the root of her success is a simple act: growing rice just as her ancestors did. When she gains power and independence, however, Ia must confront all that she left behind—and find a place in her heart for those who left her.

Meticulously reported over seven years and written with the intimacy of a novel, The Hungry Season is an unforgettable tale about hard-won survival and the nourishment that matters most.

About the Author

Writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton documents agriculture and rural communities around the world. Her work has been recognized with awards from New America, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, James Beard Foundation, and others. She is the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness. Her feature articles have appeared in Harper’sMcSweeney’s, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. She lives in Northern California.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316415897
ISBN-10: 0316415898
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English