Staff Pick: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
“When the Khmer Rouge took control of her homeland in 1975, Cambodian author Vaddey Ratner was merely a child. She now fictionalizes her extraordinary story of survival in her debut novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan. Seven-year-old protagonist Raami, the privileged daughter of a prince, sees her family split apart by the ruling party’s radical policies and witnesses the horror of the killing fields. This novel traces the footsteps of the author’s own family as they fled Phnom Penh for the countryside.”
Check out this wonderful interview with the author on Goodreads.