The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics)

By | June 11, 2017
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) Author Anne Fadiman
ISBN-10 0374533407
ISBN-13 9780374533403
Year 2012-04-24
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy Lia s parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and the Salon Book Award Anne Fadiman s compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest The current edition published for the book s fifteenth anniversary includes a new afterword by the author that provides updates on the major characters along with reflections on how they have changed Fadiman s life and attitudes

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