In the Shadow of the Banyan

By: Ratner, Vaddey

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322pp. 8vo. Signed by the author on the title page. Stated First Edition with a complete number line from 10 to 1. Book is unread, tight, and pristine. The author manages to make her novel "heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful" (Chris Cleave, author of "Little Bee") at the same time. It is about the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Brodart protected.

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Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel--based on the author's personal story--has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as "a masterpiece...utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful."

You are about to read an extraordinary story. 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 Cambodia 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.

Title: In the Shadow of the Banyan

Author Name: Ratner, Vaddey

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: 2012

ISBN Number: 1451657706

ISBN Number 13: 9781451657708

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As new

Jacket Condition: as new Jacket

Inscription: Signed

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