Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Out of the Ruins

Author Sue Guiney's much anticipated second novel in her trilogy portraying life in modern-day, post Khmer Rouge Cambodia, is out at the end of this month. It's called Out of the Ruins. Through her fiction, Guiney brings the reality of modern Cambodian life to an audience in the West. The Bangkok Post has said, “Writer Sue Guiney finds beauty in the most desperate situations.” Of the first novel in the trilogy, A Clash of Innocents, the celebrated writer, Tania Hershman, said, “this is a story that will grip you with its very real and flawed protagonists and fascinating setting. I read the book straight through, I was utterly absorbed.” Guiney will return to Cambodia next month, to continue her writing workshops at Anjali House in Siem Reap. The New York born writer told me; "I am continuing to write novels which confront the challenges of Cambodian life today (this one touches on the sex trade as well as women’s healthcare), while also trying to portray the essential goodness, optimism and humour which I continue to find in its people. Although a few more English speakers are writing fiction about modern day, post Khmer Rouge Cambodia, there still are all too few of us." Here, here I say. The book is published by Ward Wood Publishing in the UK, 200 pages and its likely a Phnom Penh launch will take place in March.

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