This moving, semi-autobiographical debut by Vaddey Ratner earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Set in Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia, it follows seven-year-old Raami and her family as civil war forces them from their beloved home in Phnom Penh. With starvation, labor camps, and death now part of her everyday life, Raami finds comfort only in the beauty and hope of her father's mythical tales and poems. ''A hauntingly powerful novel ''- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"This debut novel, based on the author's real-life experiences in the killing fields of Cambodia, is history brought to life--with all the nuances of innocence lost and grief suffered. Narrator Greta Lee does the impeccably written narrative justice with her delivery of the protagonist's voice, wrenching empathy from the spellbound listener. Lee's tone has a sweetness befitting the child's perspective from which the story is told. Her gentleness also serves to keep the bleakness of the plot from overwhelming the listener. The cadences of the well-crafted sentences provide a narrative drive that sweeps the listener into the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge as though they were happening now. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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