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In the Shadow of the Banyan

Ratner, Vaddey

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ISBN 10: 1451657706 / ISBN 13: 9781451657708
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2012
Condition: As New Hardcover
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By early accounts, this is an extraordinary and compelling novel, based closely on actual events experienced by the author as her family was decimated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the survivors summoned almost incredible resilience to keep on going. At her book signing and reading at the Politics & Prose independent bookstore in Washington DC on 4 September 2012, her narrative kept a capacity crowd spellbound and the entire stock of her books quickly sold out. I managed to obtain three signed copies. They are UNREAD, in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by the author, who managed to escape the Khmer Rouge, arrived in the US as a refugee speaking no English in 1981, graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and was summa cum laude at Cornell. Bookseller Inventory # 120901

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Title: In the Shadow of the Banyan

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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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.

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Vaddey Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. In 1981 she arrived in the United States as a refugee not knowing English and ultimately went on to graduate summa cum laude from Cornell University. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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