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Saving Nary

DeMent, Carol

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ISBN 10: 1522982906 / ISBN 13: 9781522982906
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
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Title: Saving Nary

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2016

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Exploring the losses, loyalties and secrets held within families broken by war and genocide, Saving Nary presents a palate of unique characters who struggle to make sense of the events that led them to America, even as they ponder the bewildering culture and lifestyle of their new homeland.Refugee Khath Sophal lost everything when the Khmer Rouge swept into power in Cambodia: members of his family murdered before his eyes; his daughters taken from him and still missing; his sanity barely intact from the brutality he has been forced to witness.Now resettled in the Pacific Northwest, Khath treads a narrow path between the horrors of his past and the uncertainties of the present. His nights are filled with twisted dreams of torture and death. By day he must guard constantly against the flashbacks triggered by the simple acts of daily living, made strange in a culture he does not understand.Then Khath meets Nary, a mysterious and troubled Cambodian girl whose presence is both an aching reminder of the daughters he has lost, and living proof that his girls, too, could still be alive. Nary's mother Phally, however, is another matter. A terrible suspicion grows in Khath's mind that Phally is Khmer Rouge, that Phally might not even be Nary's real mother. A split develops in the community between those who believe Phally and those who believe Khath. And those, it seems, who don't really care who is right but just want to stir up trouble for their own personal gain.Khath's search for the truth leads him to the brink of the brutality he so despises in the Khmer Rouge. His struggle to wrest a confession from Phally ultimately forces him to face his own past and unravel the mystery of his missing daughters.

About the Author:

Carol DeMent worked as a volunteer and as a professional in the field of SE Asian refugee resettlement for ten years, and completed master’s level research into international refugee resettlement policy. She lived for over two years in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer and has traveled extensively in SE Asia. Saving Nary is her first novel. Ms. DeMent has studied and practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for nearly twenty years, a calling that will be reflected in her second novel, now under development. When not writing, Ms. DeMent is an avid recreational cyclist. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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