The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


> The Hmongs that are described in The
> Catches You and you Fall Down, have endured wars,
> long exoduses on foot, and forced relocations to the
> United States.

I started reading Nora when my two boys were babies and I had to have a story that would wait until I had a few minutes to get back to it, unlike TV or movies. I definitely fell into the MacGregors who were the family I wished I had. My husband had left shortly after my diagnosis of breast cancer and my life was being spent doing things that I hadn’t chosen for myself. The long appointments and tests were filled with stories that I could count on having a happy ending. That lifted my spirits and made me remember that things do work out sometimes.
I’ve been a Nora fan ever since and haven’t missed a single book or story and they still transport me to other places and times. The tragedy of the Fire Jumpers in Arizona last week reminded me that I had learned all about their lives and skills and techniques in ‘Chasing Fire’ in 2011. It made me appreciate what they do and to grieve for their situation with more knowledge than most.
Thank you Nora, for your continued expansion of my world.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – ArtBeat

In the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, refers to the Hmong culture and their beliefs on medicine while their baby Lia Lee, is suffering from epilepsy in which they have a hard decision.