Music of the Ghosts

Vaddey Ratner. S&S/Touchstone, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4767-9578-2
Picking up many themes from her 2012 In the Shadow of the Banyan, Ratner’s captivating novel is a tragic odyssey of love, loss, and forgiveness in the wake of unspeakable horrors. In 1979 Suteera Aung and her aunt Amara are forced to flee Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime as war rages around them. In a chilling admission as she and her fellow refugees fight to escape their once-beloved homeland, Suteera states that “there is no more home, only this land of open graves.” Years later, after receiving a letter from a man known only as the Old Musician, Suteera is pulled back to the country that holds the terrors of her past. She learns that the old man and her father had spent time in the same jail, originally as enemies but eventually as friends. Suteera believes the mysterious musician can help her understand why her father, like the rest of her family, became consumed by the gaping, vicious mouth of war. As the title suggests, the songs and stories of ghosts fill the pages of this novel. Ratner, who lived through the rule of the Khmer Rouge herself, weaves a moving tale of hope and heartbreak that will accompany readers long after they finish the last page. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/06/2017
Release date: 04/11/2017
Genre: Fiction
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