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The Land I Lost  
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Front cover
Author Quang Nhuong Huynh
Illustrator Vo-Dinh Mai
Language English
Genre(s) Autobiography
Publisher HarperTrophy
Publication date 1986
Media type Print
Pages 144 PP
ISBN 0064401839
OCLC Number 15188434
Dewey Decimal 959.7 21
LC Classification DS559.92.C46 H88 1986

The Land I Lost is an autobiographical book that centers around the life of the author, Quang Nhuong Huynh. The book was first published by HarperTrophy in 1986, and was illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai.[1] Huynh's second book, Water Buffalo Days, used multiple passages originally published in The Land I Lost, though it focused on the author's childhood rather than his entire life. With the Publication of The Land I Lost and Water Buffalo Days, Huynh became the first Vietnamese to publish fiction and non-fiction in English.[2]

Awards

The Land I Lost won several awards. It received the ALA Notable Children’s Book award, the ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice award, the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), the Library of Congress Children’s Books award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas),[3] the Friends of American Writers Award, and the Blue Cobra Award.[4] The book was also translated into several different languages including German, French, Spanish, and Catalan.[4]

Cultural significance

The publishing of The Land I Lost had a large impact upon modern culture. The author, Quang Nhuong Huynh was born in My Tho, Vietnam in 1946. After being wounded in the Vietnam War, Huynh traveled to the United States for physical therapy in 1963.[4] Deciding to stay in the U.S. after therapy, Huynh began his writing career with the release of The Land I Lost in 1986. The book became the first book written in English by a Vietnamese author, and after Huynh's second book, he became the first Vietnamese to write both fiction and non-fiction in English.[2]

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