Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I'm a glutton for new books on or about Cambodia. A new novel, not due out until August next year, comes with much praise before its release by Simon & Schuster. Vaddey Ratner's novel, In The Shadow of the Baynan, about a young girl's experiences in war-torn Cambodia will come from the heart. The author (pictured) 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 US as a refugee not knowing English and, in 1990, went on to graduate as her high school class valedictorian. She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. In recent years she traveled and lived in Cambodia and SEAsia, writing and researching, which culminated in her debut novel. You can read more about the author and her forthcoming book here.