"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

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This large banyan tree sits at Riverbend Park in Jupiter, Fla.

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"In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

When Vaddey Ratner was five years old, her entire world was shattered. Members of Cambodia's royalty, she and her family were targeted by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. They, along with millions of other Cambodians, were sent to labor camps, where many died. She and her mother survived, eventually immigrating to the U.S. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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Vaddey Ratner

author, "In the Shadow of the Banyan"

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