About the Book

Have you ever tried to share a tiny piece of meat with fifteen starving family members? Have you ever been constantly woken up in the middle of the night to crawl into a shelter to hide from the bombs? Have you ever had to walk through piles of dead bodies on your way to school every morning?

We drowned in poverty when the communist government took over Vietnam with no hope of escape. My father’s last wish before he died was to support my family, and I soon found out that my wages in Vietnam would never be enough to keep us alive. My only choice was to escape to where money grew on trees: America. In Fargo, North Dakota, where there was more snow than air to breathe, I realized my dream wouldn’t be so easy.

In A Rose on the Steel Ground, Loan Kim Ky describes the lonely struggles of her life in the huge unknown country of America.

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