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Credit: Le Phuong MaiLan CaoMonday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.The Lotus and the Storm Half a century after it began, the Vietnam War still has a hold on our national psyche. Lan Cao’s now-classic debut, Monkey Bridge, won her wide renown for “connecting . . . the opposite realities of Vietnam and America” (Isabel Allende). In her triumphant new novel, Cao transports readers back to the war, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese American family. “The Lotus and the Storm is part beautiful family saga, part coming-of-age story, part love story, but above all a searing indictment of the American campaign in Vietnam and its incalculable toll on generations past and future. A powerful read from start to end.” —Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner Lan Cao is a novelist and a renowned expert in international law, trade, and economic development. A professor at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, she lives in southern California.