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Her second memoir, Child of War, Woman of Peace (Doubleday, 1993), continues the same themes in a more linear narrative.
After being released, she had fallen under suspicion of being a government spy, and was sentenced to death but instead of being executed she was raped by two Viet Cong soldiers.
She fled to Saigon, where she and her mother worked as housekeepers for a wealthy Vietnamese family, but this position ended after Hayslip's affair with her employer and subsequent pregnancy. During this time, Hayslip supported both her mother and an infant son, Hung (whom she would later rename Jimmy), while unmarried and working in the black market, as an occasional drug courier and, once, as a prostitute.
Although he was more than twice her age, she had another son with him, Thomas.
The following year Hayslip moved to San Diego, California, to join him, and briefly supported her family as a homemaker. Dennis was a heavy drinker, clinically depressed and full of rage.