The Last Surviving Child


Non-Fiction - Short Story/Novela
110 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2018
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Author Biography

Thuy Rocco was a child refugee from Vietnam. She arrived in the U.S. in 1984 and grew up in poverty. After learning English as a young child, she became an interpreter for her family. She was the first to go to college and completed her degree in French Literature and International Studies from Emory & Henry College. She went on to complete her masters in English at the University of Memphis. She spent over 15 years teaching and training in many different areas: English as a Second Language, cultural and diversity, technology, Tae Kwon Do and Kanban. She now runs her own technology consulting company: Zenode Consulting. She loves to volunteer, travel, cook traditional Vietnamese food, write and most of all, spend time with her family. Visit for announcements, events and blog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Thuy Rocco's The Last Surviving Child is a story of grief, survival and hardship. War ravages Vietnam and people are fleeing in droves. And as the Communists emerge victorious, Thuy's father, fearing certain death, leaves the country on a small boat with his three sons and a daughter. He leaves behind a pregnant wife who has to follow later but as fate would have it, the boat capsizes, leaving her alone with their last surviving child. What follows is a shocking tale that finds mother and child on a boat to Thailand. Surviving the dangerous trip, life as refugees in a camp awaits them until they are allowed to live in a strange country, the United States of America, where they try to make sense of life itself.

The Last Surviving Child, a memoir by Thuy Rocco, is proof that the human spirit endures. It is heartbreaking to imagine that these events are real and that the story rings true for many Vietnamese boat people or refugees. Thuy Rocco's life experiences surely bring out her strengths and flaws, and while these experiences are extraordinary, the reader can still form a strong connection with her. Told from a unique perspective, Thuy Rocco's story manages to be both funny and introspective. As an infant, she leaves behind her country and reluctantly embraces the American way of life. Although it would seem like she is making the best out of it, there is just simply no way she can escape her culture and the hazy memory of a family she never met in her life.