IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

By Vaddey Ratner
Simon and SchusterAugust 2012
www.simonandschuster.com
www.vaddeyratner.com

Hardcover336 pages, $25.00, ISBN: 9781451657708
Subject: History / Personal Challenges / Family

Vaddey Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. After four years, having endured forced labor, starvation, and near execution, she escaped while many of her family members perished. In 1981, she arrived in the U.S. as a refugee not knowing English and, in 1990, went on to graduate as her high school class valedictorian. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. In recent years she traveled and lived in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, writing and researching, which culminated in her debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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