The Rice Mother (Paperback)Rani Manicka (author)
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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 General Division
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 197 x 134 x 39 mm
Edition: 2nd edition
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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