The Rice Mother (Paperback)
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The Rice Mother (Paperback)

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Paperback 608 Pages
Published: 13/05/2010
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A compelling glimpse into a captivatingly exotic world of myth and magic.

Beguiled by promises of wealth, fourteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and marriage to a man many years her senior. But Ayah has lied to her and her family about his circumstances and in fact he lives in poverty. A woman of formidable energy and intelligence, Lakshmi provides security, if not luxury, for her family, though at a considerable emotional cost. Then the Japanese army invades during WWII.

The family bears deep scars and inflicts those wounds on the next generation. But in Nisha, Lakshmi's great-granddaughter, it is as if Fate has come full circle . . .

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444706581
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 206 x 130 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

It would be difficult not to be seduced by . . . the intriguing mixture of myth, religion and superstition . . . there is a freedom and freshness in the manner in which the author explores the interior life of her characters whose idiosyncrasies and many failings are sympathetically and sometimes humorously observed . . . It possesses a genuine intimacy and passionate involvement. - Elizabeth Buchan, Times Play

You'll struggle to find a more powerful, moving read this year. - Glamour

Emotionally satisfying, complex books like this are harder to find. - Heat

I simply didn't want it to end . . . The characters themselves, with their resolute individualism, ultimately seem larger than either the superbly drawn historical background or the novel's exotic setting - Image Magazine

A vivid storyteller . . . Unfolding over four generations like a Greek tragedy, it's a compulsive and often harrowing tale. - In Style

Echoes of Memoirs of a Geisha in this exotic family saga - Daily Mirror

Powerful - Sunday Mirror

Drips with local colour . . . wonderful. - Daily Mail

A vividly atmospheric novel of tragedy, superstition, belief and hope. - Woman & Home

Rich in domestic detail essential for a convincing family saga . . . this novel transcends its genre . . . she has created a novel with its own strong flavour. - Times Play

You'll love Rani Manicka's first novel. - New Woman

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