In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Vaddey Ratner

Narrated By: Greta Lee

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2012

Duration: 13 hours 21 minutes


Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel—based on the author’s personal story—has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as “a masterpiece…utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful.”

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. Displaying the author’s extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.


  • Johnna Miller

    An amazing story of suffering and the will to survive. The story is even more memorable when you discover it's based on the author's life. I understand the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime so much better now.

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