The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

By Anne Fadiman
Review by Carol A Redding, MA

Spring 2005 - Volume 9 Number 2

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a stimulating adventure for any intelligent reader whose heart and mind are open to reaching beyond that which is familiar and understood. Against a backdrop of cultural mystery, tales of nations at war, an epoch of human misery, and a thundering clash of two worthy, well-intentioned cultures, a baby girl has epilepsy, and all who know her struggle to help her.


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