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In the Shadow of the Banyan

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In the Shadow of the Banyan

For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins the night her father comes home bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the remaining vestige of childhood --- the mythical legends and poems her father told her.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
by Vaddey Ratner

  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN-10: 1451657714
  • ISBN-13: 9781451657715


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