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In the Shadow of the Banyan (Paperback) by Vaddey Ratner

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Her life of privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four years of loss, starvation, and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the legends and poems told to her by her father.



Book Synopsis



A beautiful celebration of the power of hope, this New York Times bestselling novel tells the story of a girl who comes of age during the Cambodian genocide.

You are about to read an extraordinary story, a PEN Hemingway Award finalist "rich with history, mythology, folklore, language and emotion." It will take you to the very depths of despair and show you unspeakable horrors. It will reveal a gorgeously rich culture struggling to survive through a furtive bow, a hidden ankle bracelet, fragments of remembered poetry. It will ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime in the Cambodian killing fields between 1975 and 1979, when an estimated two million people lost their lives. It will give you hope, and it will confirm the power of storytelling to lift us up and help us not only survive but transcend suffering, cruelty, and loss.

For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours, bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as the Khmer Rouge attempts to strip the population of every shred of individual identity, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood--the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author's extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.



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"A tale of perseverance, hope and the drive toward life."

"For all the atrocities witnessed and hardships experienced, Ratner's story is filled to an even larger extent with opportunism and beauty. Ratner's gift is her exquisite descriptions of the careful details of daily life . . . Ratner describes her desire to memorialize the loved ones she lost with an enduring work of art. She has done just that; hers is a beautiful tale with considerable poetry and restraint. "In the Shadow of the Banyan "is an important novel, written by a survivor with unexpected grace and eloquence."

"Gorgeous . . . Ratner bears witness to the unyielding human spirit."

"How is it that so much of this bleak novel is full of beauty, even joy? . . . What is remarkable, and honorable, here is the absence of anger, and the capacity--seemingly infinite--for empathy."

"Humanity . . . shines through in her storytelling."

"Lyrical . . . a love story to her homeland and an unflinching account of innocents caught in the crossfire of fanaticism."

"Lyrical . . . It's Raami's mother who will stay in your heart . . . Somehow she retains the will to survive and the strength to help others, fiercely telling her daughter, 'Remember who you are.'"

"The horrors committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, as experienced by one extremely resilient girl. A brutal novel, lyrically told."

"The powerful story of how even the most brutal regime lacked the power of a father's love for his daughter."

"Unputdownable."
Dimensions (Overall): 8.36 Inches (H) x 5.61 Inches (W) x .88 Inches (D)
Weight: .67 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 322
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: War + Military, Politics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary, Society + Social Issues
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Author: Vaddey Ratner
Language: English
Street Date: June 4, 2013
TCIN: 14530473
UPC: 9781451657715
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4257
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8.25 inches length x 5.5 inches width x 1.25 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.65 pounds
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