Finalist Arthur Ellis Award 2013, Best Novella *
American war correspondent, Tony Collins, and a former Khmer
Rouge child soldier, Sam Rith, reunite after nearly thirty years.
Tony helped the world-weary 15-year-old Sam start a new life
in the United States.
Rith arrived in America, sponsored by Christian couple. But
Sam took more than a few wrong turns and ended up spending most
of his youth locked up in an American prison before being deported
back to Cambodia.
again in Cambodia and totally without family and friends, Sam
found ways to do what he had always done best—survive.
Reconnecting with ‘old friends’—Tony Collins
and the Khmer Rouge cadre who’d made him eat a human heart—Sam
opened a new chapter of his life working as a translator at
the war crime tribunal. He translated the old horrors of wars,
truths and lies for the international press.
tells an unsentimental, powerfully evocative story of friendship,
desperation, hope and deception that are part of life. A memorable
reunion of two men seeking redemption and finding that the past
never dies. In post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Reunion explores friendship
and survival, and how peace and justice remain unfinished business.