Kay Merkel Boruff
Z.O.S. A Memoir launched 16 August 2018. Sex Blood Money & the CIA in Southeast Asia is a must read for those interested in the Viet-Nam War. Order at Amazon Prime, Barnes & Noble, Black Rose Writing, and https://www.KayMerkelBoruff.com .
Kay Merkel Boruff lived in Viet-Nam 68-70 and was married to an Air America pilot who was killed flying in Laos 18 Feb 70. Her work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Texas Short Stories 2, Taos Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the Wichita Falls Record News. In addition, she has work in Suddenly, Grasslands Review, Behind the Lines, Fifth Wednesday, Adanna, Stone Voices, Turk's Head, and Paper Nautilus. Letters of her husband's and hers were included in Love and War, 250 Years of Wartime Love Letters. NPR interviewed Boruff regarding her non-profit Merkel & Minor: Vets Helping Vets: A Class Act Production.
As a teacher at The Hockaday School 1973-2010, Kay Merkel Boruff studied with Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young Lee, Tim O'Brien, and Madeleine L'Engle, and Robert Olen Butler in France. She unveiled the Air America Memorial at UT-Dallas with CIA Director William Colby. SEE: Video. Armed with the philosophy carpe diem, she attended Burning Man and climbed Wayna Picchu, chasing another adventure in her "zone of silence."
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"From a rare and resonant point of view, Kay Merkel Boruff's memoir offers an utterly compelling and smartly written tale of the Viet-Nam War and its aftermath. Z.O.S. is a necessary work for a full understanding of the human toll of those times."
--Robert Olen Butler Winner of the Pulitzer Prize A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
"Told in lyrical and vivid style that is at times dazzling in its specificity and intensity, the memoir traces Kay Merkel Boruff's arduous path through a lifelong grieving process spent coming to terms not only with the death of her husband but also with the spiritual demons she lived with as a younger woman. This account fills a gap in the story of our national experience in Viet Nam."
--C.W. Smith author of Steplings, Buffalo Nickel, Understanding Women.
"I strongly recommend Z.O.S. to any Gen-X or Millennials seeking an understanding of friends and family who survived Vietnam and especially to any women struggling to balance society's traditional expectations within the context of extreme situations. Kay Merkel Boruff is a survivor, a fighter and an elegant voice whose story is one of strength, resolve and reflects the complexity of a woman's experience in Viet-Nam with unyielding truth that will both shock and validate the readers' own deepest life questions. Read this book if you want to encounter a bold new voice!"
--Mary Ann Thompson-Fenk President The Memnosyne Institute,
The Hockaday School Graduate '96
Z.O.S.: A Memoir
- By: Kay Merkel Boruff
- Narrated by: Marlin May
- Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Z.O.S. is a memoir about sex, blood, money, and the CIA in Southeast Asia. Kay Merkel Boruff tells the story from her perspective of wife and widow of an Air America pilot killed during covert operations in Laos. She takes the listener there as only one who has been there can....
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