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The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, favorite-books, bookclub

Life had yet to teach me that a child’s love can never equal a mother’s pain.

A fast-paced family saga depicting life in Malaysia through four generations. The author does an amazing job showing the change in lifestyle and culture over an 85 year period. The first and last chapter could almost feel like different books if it weren’t for the recurring themes. I thought the cast of characters were beautifully described and I loved that none of them were perfect. I hated Rani, my heart broke for poor Mui Tsai and Lakshmi was a one of the most complex characters I’ve ever come across. Some of the reviews complain that the story is too full and moves too fast, but I think this is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much – it quickly hooks you in, and does not let go. If you don’t enjoy stories drenched in sadness this is not for you.
The Story: The Rice Mother details the struggles of a Matriarch determined to advance her children, and the scars her ambition leaves on the family.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2015 – Shelved
July 9, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 16, 2015 – Started Reading
August 21, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
August 21, 2015 – Shelved as: favorite-books
August 21, 2015 – Shelved as: bookclub
August 21, 2015 – Finished Reading

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