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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
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May 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read from May 30 to June 08, 2012

What a novel. If you are a fan of novels like The Kite Runner, then this emotional rollercoaster is for you.

This part memoir and part novel tells of Raami, a young girl who is part of the Cambodian royal family, and her survival of what must have been 4 years of terror during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. The author states that it cannot be claimed truly as a memoir as she was to young to fully trust her memories of her experiences. Regardless of this, much of what happened to Raami, is truly believable and heartbreaking.

The reader laughs and more often cries with Raami. This poignant story will stay with me for a long time.

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