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Telynor's Library, and then some

A woman of a certain age who has three cats underfoot, and has the dream of filling her passport with stamps. Books, classical music, tea, cats, movies, art, fancy needlework,  and anything else I can think of.

In the Shadow of the Banyan - Vaddey Ratner I found this one to be a chilling narrative of the brutality that the Khmer Rouge brought to the people of Cambodia in the 1970's. Told from the point of view of a child, Raami, in one day her family and comfortable life is swept away when the revolutionaries evacuate Phnom Pehn, and one by one, Raami looses each person that she loves. It is not a cheerful tale, and it was heartbreaking to read. I don't recommend it for sensitive readers and I do urge that the reader avoid skipping ahead to the author's note. It's worth working through. Four stars overall.

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