The Incredible True Story of Queena, The Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor

Release Date: 11/10/2020


“The Life She Once Knew” is about my daughter Queena mostly.  You may remember seeing headlines as she was the “Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor.” The memoir is centered on Queena’s attack and the events which followed, but will take readers through her mother’s view of childhood in Vietnam and her journey to the United States, growing up as an immigrant, and struggles of motherhood and being a single mom.

This is a remarkable story of survival and love, and proof that with God we can do impossible things, and yet still recognize the healing that comes with tragedy. The publication date is around November 10, 2020 and 100% of the book proceeds can support ongoing expenses through Hope Heals the Brain and Queena’s Medical Trust Fund.

ABOUT The author

Vanna Nguyen is a true survivor. As a young child, she enjoyed a prestigious life in South Vietnam. After the fall to communism in 1975, everything changed. Her father, a high-ranking officer in the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces, was imprisoned in North Vietnam. Poverty followed. Upon his release, Vanna, then 18 years old, escaped in a small boat with other refugees—uncertain if she would ever see her family again. Vanna risked her life for the dream of freedom. On the open seas, she looked death in the eyes but did not allow it to have the final word. She arrived in the United States in 1981, became a citizen, and gave birth to her first daughter, Anna. While operating a successful business, Vanna struggled to save enough money to bring her parents and siblings to America. However, in 1988, Vanna’s father was tragically murdered by a 16-year-old boy who mistook him for someone else. 

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