The day of the festival of Têt (New Year), Mai refuses to marry the man that her father, a prominent judge, has chosen for her. Her stubborness puts her beyond the pale of her family . Mai and Yann marry in haste on the edge of a beautiful lake, the day before Yann returns to the front.
Hoai Huong Nguyen reveals the horror, the Dien Bien Phu hills, heaven-on-earth turned into a mass grave where Yann is fighting. In Hanoï, Mai will go to hell and back to save Yann.
This is a striking first novel which revisits the greatest myths of Eastern and Western cultures. A true and deeply human story, void of caricature. It is written in a language of suggestion, and set with delicate haikus.