“The Ignorance of Bliss” tells the true story of ten-year-old Sandy, who moves with her American military family to Saigon, Vietnam where her father, the Colonel, serves as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. This coming-of-age story takes place in a turbulent country striving for nationalism, giving the reader a stunning look into the life of military dependents living abroad and the underlying ignorance that surrounds a little understood time in history.
In 1960s Saigon, Sandy finds a world of crushing poverty and extraordinary beauty; a world of streets, villas, and brothels, where politics and intrigue reside between plot and counterplot.
Sandy Hanna is a BRAT; a British Regiment Attached Transfer; the daughter of a military officer, the Colonel. She and her siblings are part of a feral tribe known as
'Saigon Kids'; kids who lived in Vietnam from 1960 to 1962.
This tribe is made up of children whose parents were part of the military, CIA, US AID, State Department and private contractors.
Sandy Hanna currently resides with her photographer husband in NYC and Lambertville, NJ.
Sandy Hanna is also an educator and designer of experiential play environments for children: the Sesame Place theme park (a joint-venture between Children's Television Workshop and Busch Entertainment), adventure playgrounds for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Head Start indoor play spaces and several Children's Museums.
Her educational background is in child development and the biology of cognition, how we know what we know. In her capacity as an educator and children's 'play' expert, she has appeared on television, radio and interviewed for print publications. She has been a guest lecturer at several universities.
'The Ignorance of Bliss' is Sandy's first novel and is based on a true story. It is a memoir, a creative non-fiction, a compelling story. Release date was January 15th, 2019.