New memoir from Ngan Ha celebrates triumph of human spirit

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‘The Dragon Fruit Orchard’ follows author’s fight for happy, stable life in US.

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Author Ngan Ha evokes her can-do spirit to tell her life story in her new memoir, “The Dragon Fruit Orchard” (published by Balboa Press).

Ha grew up in war and turmoil in South Vietnam. As the Vietnam War raged on, Ha saw loss and devastation at every turn. Her only chance at having a happy, stable life was to flee to the United States, where she could practice medicine.

The U.S., however, was not quite the haven Ha was expecting. Upon her arrival, she experienced severe culture shock and struggled to adapt to her new home. With perseverance and a desire to succeed, Ha completed her medical training and later adopted an infant from her homeland, creating the family she’d always wanted.

“The Dragon Fruit Orchard” captures the male-dominated culture of the Vietnam Ha experienced and compares it with the “anything-goes” culture in the U.S. Through her story, Ha hopes to inspire readers to pursue their own dreams.

An excerpt from “The Dragon Fruit Orchard”:

“Lo and behold, several months later, he called me about a newborn girl who had just been given away by her birth mother to a convent near his parish. I asked if the nuns in the convent could send me a photo of the child, and it came a week later. I was drawn to the chubby face with large black eyes and a calm expression.”

“The Dragon Fruit Orchard”
By Ngan Ha
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781452521930
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781452521916
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781452521923
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ngan Ha is a physician who practices in California. She immigrated to the United States in 1975 after the war. She lives with her daughter in Orange County, California.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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