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UNA Midpeninsula Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, Calif.

In the Shadow of the Banyan
by Vaddey Ratner


For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience. 328 pages Summary from www.vaddeyratner.com.

RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to janemc@writerite.com

Meeting Location and Time:
2140 Santa Cruz #B304 (Chai), Menlo Park, CA 94025; 650-566-1935; 6:30 p.m.

Questions:
Call UNA Store: 650.326.3170 or email: unamidpeninsula@yahoo.com

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