A Daughter's Photo Album: The Fun House of Memory

How do you fill in the blanks of your past when a parent was barely there? Claudia Valentino searches from Brooklyn to Vietnam for some truth about her father, and herself. Here, photos from her colorful and moving memoir.

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Valentino’s father in Saigon, then known as the Paris of the Orient, circa 1958. The author and her mother joined him there for almost two years.

Courtesy of Claudia Valentino

Valentino, age five, with the chauffeur, who taught her how to ride a bicycle (he added wooden blocks to the pedals because the bike was too big).

Courtesy of Claudia Valentino

With her father in the city’s botanical gardens.

On the same bridge 34 years later, when Valentino returned shortly after her father’s death.


Click to read Claudia Valentino's colorful and moving memoir, Searching for Dad in the Fun House of Memory.


Originally published in the July/August 2011 MORE.

Courtesy of Claudia Valentino

First Published May 31, 2011

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