“Craig wields highly effective and vivid prose to light up a rustic and a household trapped not solely by warfare and revolution, but in addition by want and loss.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–successful writer Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma via the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and spouse, and their daughter Louisa. After attending faculty in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then a part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a girl who's a part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World Struggle II involves Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin should go into hiding within the japanese a part of the nation through the Japanese occupation, starting a journey that can cause them to change the nation’s historical past. Years later, Benny and Khin’s eldest youngster, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first magnificence queen quickly earlier than the nation falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is compelled to reckon along with her household’s previous, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her nation, and her personal loyalty to the reason for the Karen individuals. Primarily based on the story of the writer’s mom and grandparents, Miss Burma is a fascinating portrait of how fashionable Burma got here to be and of the abnormal individuals swept up within the wrestle for self-determination and freedom. “Without delay stunning and heartbreaking . . . An unimaginable household saga.” —Refinery29 “Miss Burma charts each a political historical past and a deeply private one—and of these incendiary moments when non-public and public motivations overlap.” —Los Angeles Occasions

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