Study Guide

Inside Out & Back Again Part 1, Chapter 14

By Thanhha Lai

Part 1, Chapter 14

Birthday

  • Even though Hà turned ten years old on Tet, they also celebrate her real birthday by fixing her special meals and giving her candy. 
  • Hà presses her mother to tell her stories about her childhood, which is hard to do.
  • She learns about her mother's past as a wealthy girl who had no responsibilities at all, and who was arranged to marry Hà's father when she was only five.
  • After they got married at sixteen, they moved south—away from Communism—and then were no longer allowed to talk to their family in the north.
  • Hà's mom is sad, but she thinks her mother is beautiful and wants eyes like hers.

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