In a Rocket Made of Ice: The Story of Wat Opot, a Visionary Community for Children Growing Up with AIDS

Author: Gail Gutradt
Publisher: Vintage
Category: Memoirs, HIV / AIDS: Social Aspects, Child Welfare, Charities, Voluntary Services & Philanthropy, Central Government Policies, Guidebooks
Book Format: Paperback

A beautifully told, inspiring true story of one woman's volunteer experiences at an orphanage in rural Cambodia-a book that embodies the belief that love, compassion, and generosity of spirit can overcome even the most fearsome of obstacles.

Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children's Community. Begun with just fifty dollars in the pocket of Wayne Dale Matthysse, a former Marine Corps medic in Vietnam, Wat Opot, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia's verdant rice paddies, was once a haunted scrubland that became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment, and find a new family-a place that Gutradt calls oa workshop for souls.o

Disarming, funny, deeply moving, In a Rocket Made of Ice gathers the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place, and of one woman's transformation in trying to help them. With wry perceptiveness and stunning humanity and humor, this courageous, surprising, and evocative memoir etches the people of Wat Opot forever on your heart.


From the Hardcover edition.

About Gail Gutradt
Gail Gutradt has volunteered at the Wat Opot Children's Community in Cambodia since 2005. Her stories, articles, and poems have appeared in the Japan-based Kyoto Journal, as well as in the Utne Reader and Ashé Journal. Her first Kyoto Journal article, "The Things We've Gone Through Together," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Bar Harbor, Maine.

(BK-9780804172684)

SKU BK-9780804172684
Barcode # 9780804172684
Brand Vintage
Artist / Author Gail Gutradt
Shipping Weight 0.3400kg
Shipping Width 0.020m
Shipping Height 0.203m
Shipping Length 0.132m

Be The First To Review This Product!

Help other Augoods users shop smarter by writing reviews for products you have purchased.

Write a product review

Others Also Bought

More From This Category