This book is written with such beauty and poetry even though it touches on tough issues. It is a series of letters written by a son to his illiterate mother. Raised by his mother and grandmother, immigrants to America from Vietnam, ‘Little Dog’ remembers moments of joy and also fear. The Women both suffer from the trauma they have lived through in the war and are sometimes violent towards the boy. Add to that the bullying he suffers from other children for being different – a non English speaking Asian and also gay. It’s a coming of age story and a poem to life and family.