Many say fifty is the new thirty-five or forty. But to me, fifty is fifty…It’s just a number. Age is…

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha  Lai might be considered a novel but it is written as a series of poems. It is dedicated to refugees. To be clear, in a world treated to refugee stories on a daily basis, these are stories of refugees from the Vietnam War, one that ended for the US troops in 1973, but almost ended for the Vietnamese at the end of April 1975. I write “almost ended” because refugee stories do not end until the refugees return home or are so assimilated into their countries of resettlement that the refugees consider their new countries home.