Excellent memoir by the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who spends her childhood trying to cope with and understand her volatile dad. The book follows her life with him in one thread and her recent trip to Vietnam in another. It seems to me that the childhood reminiscence bits are more successful than her attempt to retrace her father's wartime footsteps. The Vietnam thread would have been far more interesting if she had included her interviews with her father, verbatim, or if he had gone with her on the trip. As it is, her combat recreations seem speculative and the inclusion of her metaphoric (?) pursuer just a little too self consciously artistic.These are minor quibbles, though, it really is a very good book.