A best-selling memoir of survival and resilience....
for the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography
"heartbreaking" and "a gripping story of self-doubt and self-discovery."
-- Publishers Weekly Click here for the full review. Click here to order the book.
"Passionate and unflinchingly honest, this is a fascinating memoir that explores the
tangled connections between Graham Greene's fictional version of wartime Indochina and the real people there whose actions
have haunted the author for most of her life.
"Danielle Flood is the child of an affair so much like the one described in the love triangle of Greene's
novel, The Quiet American, that she is perfectly right to make her startling claim, 'I am a sequel he never wrote.'"
-- Michael Shelden, Pulitzer prize finalist, Graham Greene expert,
Indiana State professor and biographer of Greene, Orwell, Churchill and Twain, and Melville.
"A well-researched and vividly recounted story that may have Greene scholars
fervently debating...a gripping real-life mystery with tantalizing literary connections." -- Kirkus Reviews
"I've always loved Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American,
and Danielle Flood's riveting memoir/mystery has significantly deepened my appreciation for it. Such a story! And so beautifully
told." -- Kurt Andersen, author, journalist and host of the public radio show Studio 360.
"...fascinating: exotic, atmospheric, jaw-dropping." --
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The similarities in The Unquiet Daughter
between Flood’s parents’ lives and the plot of Graham Greene's The Quiet American “are tantalizingly close,
far too close to be coincidental; as Flood writes in the Prologue: ‘I came from a love triangle much like the one Greene
describes in his novel...I am the sequel he never wrote.’
“…As sequels go, Danielle Flood’s life story could easily be a Graham Greene novel, full
of dark twists and turns, betrayals, heartbreak and the saddest of all forms of unrequited love…
“…moving and at times imbued with humour…the tension is
all too believable, but so is the joy…forgiveness and healing are at the heart of the story and the author’s
ability to forgive is almost as powerful as the complex plot itself.” -- The Catholic World Report Click here to read the full review
"Holy Moly, Mother of God. Ferociously
honest and gorgeously written, Flood's memoir is a fiercely tragic story of her search for her real father, her knotted relationship
with her complicated mother -- and her hard-won understanding of herself. About memory, love, loss and time, Flood's engrossing
debut shines like mica and is as polished as platinum." -- Caroline Leavitt, The New York Times bestselling
author of Cruel Beautiful World.
“Danielle Flood recounts her search for her biological father…Living
a privileged but isolated childhood…Flood chronicles her complicated relationship with her mother and reveals how she
finally discovered the truth about her parents’ life in Saigon in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, finally
understanding a little more about who she truly is.” – Foreign Service Journal To read the full review click here.
"...a compelling, poetic account of self-doubt, self-discovery and the power of love."
-- Fordham Magazine. Click here to read the full review.
"Every once in a while a memoir will appear that has the power to stop us dead...This
book relates the triumph of the indomitable human spirit in the most trying of life's circumstances..." -- Jo Manning,
biographer and novelist
and spectacular...a story that connect powerfully and poignantly with most of us." -- David Lawrence, Jr., international
child advocate and former publisher of The Miami Herald
"...a work that will outlive us all: compelling, acutely honest and profoundly
moving, without being whiny or cruel. That's rare." -- Joe McGinniss, author, The Selling of the President 1968
and ten other books.
"The Unquiet Daughter is the true story of an exceptional woman.
It takes the reader on an amazing journey. Exotic, mysterious, exciting and romantic. Bravo Danielle Flood. It's a classic."
-- Eliott Gould, Oscar-nominated actor and veteran of more than 150 movies and television shows.
Danielle Flood's clear-eyed memoir of her early life with her exquisitely beautiful and deeply troubled mother, this truth
echoes: the fact that a child could survive such emotional devastation and cruelty is a testament to her resilience and her
valiant spirit." -- Leslie Daniels, author of Cleaning Nabokov's House.
Flood is "the daughter of a complex (woefully inadequate in this case) French/Vietnamese woman who was part of a wartime
love triangle that inspired the one in Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American. While the Greene connection may
have lured me in, it was Flood's compelling 'sequel' that kept me riveted as she chronicled her often harrowing childhood,
an intensive search for her real father and finally the unraveling of impossibly fine threads woven between her parents' lives
and Greene's fiction. Journalist and storyteller are in perfect synd in these pages." Robert Gray, Fresh Eyes Now, Shelf-Awareness.
"My favourite book
of the year, The Unquiet Daughter, is a beautifully-written big-hearted memoir..." The East Asia Book Review
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