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The Rice Mother

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At the age of fourteen, Lakshmi leaves behind her childhood among the mango trees of Ceylon for married life across the ocean in Malaysia, and soon finds herself struggling to raise a family in a country that is, by turns, unyielding and amazing, brutal and beautiful. Giving birth to a child every year until she is nineteen, Lakshmi becomes a formidable matriarch, determined to secure a better life for her daughters and sons. From the Japanese occupation during World War II to the torture of watching some of her children succumb to life's most terrible temptations, she rises to face every new challenge with almost mythic strength. Dreamy and lyrical, told in the alternating voices of the men and women of this amazing family, The Rice Mother gorgeously evokes a world where small pleasures offset unimaginable horrors, where ghosts and gods walk hand in hand. It marks the triumphant debut of a writer whose wisdom and soaring prose will touch readers, especially women, the world over.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 294.84g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004545
  • 9780142004548
  • 290,653

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"The Rice Mother EXUDES THE FASCINATION OF ANOTHER WORLD.... It possesses a genuine intimacy and passionate involvement."show more

About Rani Manicka

Rani Manicka, an economics graduate, was born and educated in Malaysia. Infused with her own South Asian family history, The Rice Mother is her first novel.show more

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3,963 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (1,478)
3 19% (737)
2 4% (156)
1 2% (63)
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