The Other Side of Heaven

Trade Paper – $19.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-31-3
Publication Date
September 1995
Page Count
412 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

The Other Side of Heaven

Post-War Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers
Edited by Wayne Karlin, Le Minh Khue, and Truong Vu

These stories represent the "second wave" of fiction--works about the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict as it moved into both countries, touching and forever changing not only the veterans, but also their families and their societies. Contributors include John Edgar Wideman, Larry Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Philip Caputo, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ngo Tu Lap, Tim O'Brien, and others.
About the Author

Wayne Karlin is an author, editor, and teacher. He has published three works of non-fiction and seven novels, and his short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. As American consulting editor for Curbstone's Voices from Vietnam series, he edited and adapted translations of writers from Vietnam. A former professor of language and literature at the College of Southern Maryland, he retired in 2017 after 31 years of service. 

Le Minh Khue is a Vietnamese writer, translator, and editor. 

"The structure of this unique anthology is tremendously effective: stories by American writers alternate with those by Vietnamese writers and they relate to each other in ways both expected and quite startling...[stories that] reflect back on a world addicted to war, but also to the search for understanding and for peace." 

ALA Booklist

"Stunning in both scope and content, this collection strips away the uniforms and propaganda to reveal the fearful, naive peoples of both sides engulfed in a war with consequences neither could imagine."

Publishers Weekly

"A superb collection by American and Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War...39 stories that deal with survival, wartime and every day thereafter, when one must survive not merely bullets and mines, but depression, alcoholism, failed marriages, and continual fear."

Kirkus Review