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  • ISBN: 1476795797
  • ISBN: 9781476795799
  • ISBN: 1476795789
  • ISBN: 9781476795782
  • Physical Description: 324 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017.

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Summary, etc.: Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as "the Old Musician" and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago. Arriving in Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of atrocity live side by side. Soon she meets a young doctor who carries his own memories of that time but also shows her a beautiful country on a fragile path of reconciliation. Meanwhile, the Old Musician anticipates the confession he must make. Together Teera and the Old Musician confront the truth of their intertwined past, weaving a melody that will leave both transformed, and freeing Teera to find a new home and a new love in the places she least expects.--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 February #2
    *Starred Review* Ratner's second novel, following her critically acclaimed debut, In the Shadow of the Banyan (2012), begins in 1979 as 13-year-old Teera and her aunt flee the Khmer Rouge soldiers who decimated their village, trying to make their way into Thailand. Ratner then jumps to 2003, when Teera makes the journey back to Cambodia from Minnesota, where she and her aunt settled 25 years earlier. Teera has received a letter from an old man who claims to have known her father in a Khmer Rouge prison. Desperate to learn any information about her father's disappearance and ultimate demise, Teera makes the journey back to her homeland "where her home no longer exists," a land as "scarred and ravaged as herself." Ratner's descriptions of Teera's confrontation with her past, even as she experiences, once again, the beauty of her homeland, alternate with the old man's memories of his life in captivity with his old friend, Teera's father. The juxtaposition is unnerving and powerful as the reader is transported from scenes of unbearable torture to glimpses of monks arriving at a temple, their saffron robes "like a row of candle flames moving across the land." Ratner, herself a Cambodian refugee, has penned another haunting, unforgettable novel. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Cambodia History 20th century Fiction
Refugees Cambodia Fiction
Refugees Cambodia Fiction
FICTION / Asian American
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Contemporary Women
Genre: Autobiographical fiction.
Autobiographical fiction.
Search Results Showing Item 5 of 13 Preferred library: Lake Agassiz Regional Library?

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