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Author of 'Across the Mekong River' Comes to St. Paul

Author Elaine Russell comes into the Twin Cities this week for her latest book, Across the Mekong River: A Novel. The story tells of the dangerous journey of one Hmong family across the Mekong River to a new life in the United States.


In a California courtroom, seventeen-year-old Nou Lee reels with what she is about to do. What she must do to survive. She reflects on the splintered path that led to this moment, beginning twelve years ago in 1978, when her Hmong family escaped from Laos after the Communist takeover. The story follows the Lees from a squalid refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Minnesota and eventually California. Family members struggle to survive in a strange foreign land, haunted by the scars of war and loss of family. Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice, and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances. 

Join the Center for Hmong Studies for a reading, conversation and book signing tomorrow.

For more information contact: Lee Pao Xiong ( or Moua Kong Vue (

Date: Thursday April 18, 2013
Time: 5:00 — 7:00 pm
Location: Buenger Education Cen-ter (BEC)
Concordia University St. Paul
275 Syndicate St. N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

“A multifaceted tale of complex characters finding new lives in their new world.”
— Kirkus Reviews

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Center for Hmong Studies, CHUSA, & Residence Life Event
*Book reading event is free and open to public. Books available for $10.00 for signing

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