My former student, then client, and now beloved friend Karin Esterhammer has just released her first book!
After job losses and the housing crash, the author and her family leave L.A. to start over in a most unlikely place: a nine-foot-wide back-alley house in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s poorest districts, where neighbors unabashedly stare into windows, generously share their barbecued rat, keep cockroaches for luck, and ultimately help her find joy without Western trappings.
Karin Esterhammer was an editor, writer, and travel columnist at the Los Angeles Times for fifteen years. She’s been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and three cats.
Karin and I worked long and hard on this manuscript (she did 99.5% of the work and I did .5).
Her courage, perseverance, grit and love in sticking with the book and finding a publisher were an inspiration to me.
The book is funny, poignant, and true. It will bring you deep into the sights, sounds and smells of the back alleys of Vietnam, and into the hearts of its “ordinary” people.
May it become a raging bestseller.
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