YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
Ann is reading In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddey Ratner and as always is finding the bright spot in a dark place. Please remember this is just how she is. She can’t help it. “This is a novel based on the author’s life as a young child surviving the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the years between 1975 and 1979. Seven year old Raami has a wonderful life as the daughter of a prince. She lives with her parents, younger sister and grandmother the queen in a beautiful grand home. She is very close with her father who always spins magical tales for her which will help her survive these difficult years. Raami and her family’s lives change radically when the regime kicks them out of their family compound, then relocates them a number of times to worse and worse conditions and into forced labor. There is much sadness and brutality in this book but it is also the story of a family’s love and what that love can conquer.”
Miss Kiera is being very secretive this week! “I am reading The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates. I’m getting into the Halloween spirit early this year! Oates does a fantastic job capturing different perspectives in these thrilling short stories. They are perfect reading for train commutes or a quick scare before bed!”
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