The Rice Mother

The Rice Mother

Book - 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: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2010, c2002
ISBN: 9781444706581
Branch Call Number: MANIC
Characteristics: 580 p


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Feb 20, 2017

Loved the story of the Rice Mother........superbly written and definitely a page turner! I highly recommend it and wish this author had written more......I'm looking???? Waiting??

Mar 15, 2012

An excellent book (from my perspective a little less so than "The Japanese Lover". The story of a family led by the strong and determined mother. Takes place in Malaysia prior to the Japanese invasion and continues on to the present day. The tragic death of one of her first-born twins begins the downward spiral of her family.
I definitely recommend it!

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