Download Inside Out & Back Again EPUB by Thanhha Lai published on 22 February 2011. You can download this book in EPUB format from the link given below.
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My name is Hà. Brother Quang remembers I was as red and fat as a baby hippopotamus when he first saw me, inspiring the name Hà Mã, River Horse. Brother V screams, Hà Ya, and makes me jump every time he breaks wood or bricks in imitation of Bruce Lee. Brother Khôi calls me Mother’s Tail because I’m always three steps from her. I can’t make my brothers go live elsewhere, but I can hide their sandals. We each have but one pair, much needed during this dry season when the earth stings. My parents had no idea what three older brothers can do to the simple name Hà. Mother tells me, They tease you because they adore you. She’s wrong, but I still love being near her, even more than I will offer her its first fruit.
It grew from a seed I flicked into the back garden. A seed like a fisheye, slippery shiny black. The tree has grown twice as tall as I stand on tippy toes. Brother Khôi spotted the first white blossom. Four years older, he can see higher. Brother V later found a baby papaya the size of a fist clinging to the trunk. At eighteen, he can see that much higher. Brother Quang is the oldest, twenty-one, and studying engineering. Who knows what he will notice before me? I vow to rise first every morning to stare at the dew on the green fruit shaped like a lightbulb. I will be the first to witness its ripening.
My best friend TiTi is crying hard, snotting the hem of her pink fluffy blouse. Her two brothers also are sniffling inside their car packed to the roof with suitcases. TiTi shoves into my hand a tin of flower seeds we gathered last fall. We hoped to plant them together. She waves from the back window of their rabbit-shaped car. Her tears mix with long strands of hair, long hair I wish I had. I would still be standing there crying and waving to nothing if Brother Khôi hadn’t come to take my hand.