Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Mai Donohue

Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Crossing the Bamboo Bridge

This vivid, compulsively readable memoir of courage, grief and redemption illuminates the life of Mai, a young girl from Vietnam’s rice fields, who risks everything to escape poverty, abuse and war. Her battle is not against soldiers but against her neighbors and a thousand years of tradition. Born during Ho Chi Minh’s revolution against the French, she was just a baby when his followers in the village, out of spite, came to her home one night and murdered the men in the family, driving her mother mad with fear and rage.

She was fourteen when her mother forced her to marry and have a child with a brutal man who beat and tortured her, finally leaving her for dead beside the road. Recovered, she ran away with her infant son, only to discover there was no place for them. To save her baby’s life, she returned home in disgrace, only to face the Viet Cong. In desperation she escaped again, leaving her child in safety, she thought.

On Saigon’s deadly streets, with no identity papers, she became an outlaw, hiding from her ex-husband, grieving for her lost child. Homeless, penniless and pursued, only her dream of freedom kept her alive. Then one day she would meet a saintly woman, who gave her hope, and an Irish-American naval officer, who gave her love.

Crossing the Bamboo Bridge is a tale of mothers and daughters, and of their children. It is a tale of war, and grief, and a young girl’s dreams. It is a stunning epiphany of hope where there is none, of courage in the face of despair, of love, respect and freedom.

“A captivating story of a young Vietnamese girl who resisted all odds and realized a true American dream. Movies are made about women like Mai Donohue.” (Chris Morrow, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Do You, Super Rich, and Take Back your Family)

To know more about Mai, please watch this video, made by her daughter Maeve.

Mai Donohue

Mai Donohue is a writer, beloved home cook, and retired educator of special needs students. After leaving Vietnam in 1970 she and her husband Brian settled in Barrington, Rhode Island. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. Mai holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, an accomplishment that was the culmination of more than twelve years of study. Mai is known in her community for supporting various charitable causes with her delicious Vietnamese cooking. A PBS short documentary about Mai’s life was nominated for a New England Emmy award in 2006. More information about Mai can be found at her website 
Mai is giving away a print copy of Crossing the Bamboo Bridgeall you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!



18 thoughts on “Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Mai Donohue

  1. Mai, your book gives many people working against terrible odds much hope. Your trials were so cruel and yet, you survived and use your experiences to teach lessons on so many levels. Thank you and keep smiling that lovely smile. It lights up a room.

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  2. Mai Donohue has already lived a thousand years! I dare say her years of suffering and resistance are hard for her to even think about, let alone write about such experiences in Crossing the Bamboo Bridge. While Mai has conquered those demons that remind her of her past, surely she must still be tormented by those who continue the struggle in her native country. But i am eternally grateful that she chose to share her struggles with us. I write about heroines all the time, it’s what I do. But I can’t wait to meet a real, live one at an upcoming book signing.

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  3. I am at lost of words, which is not like me at all. To know you Mai Donohue is here in this Country with a beautiful family. Is God send!
    To share your life and what has happened to you so long ago is amazing, as I think so many people would have buried that past. I think it is important to share your story.
    May you the Author always have Peace now!

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  4. I feel very fortunate to have met Mai recently at a book signing event. Her light shines upon everyone she meets. I have no doubt that her memoir will do the same to those who read it. I would be honored to WIN a copy of her story, but more importantly relish in a mere ounce of her strength, determination, kindness and courage as I turn the pages of her heartfelt memoir.

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  5. Mai Donohue is an amazing woman with an incredible story to tell. Many thanks to Mai for sharing it with us in her memoir, Crossing the Bamboo Bridge. And thank you to Martha for the opportunity given to some 30 fabulous ARIA authors to showcase their work.

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