The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

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The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
Fri, 06-22-2007 - 4:14pm

I just finished a fantastic book called "The Rice Mother" by Rani Manicka. If you like stories of different cultures told in a myriad of voices, then you will love this book. It takes place in Malaysia right before the Japanese occupation, and ends many years afterword. It begins in the voice of a young woman who is in an arranged marriage, who gives birth to five children in a short period of time. What continues is the story told from the points of views of her husband, her children, her children's children, and even her children's children's children. It is painful to watch some of the things these individuals have to go through, but what follows is a rich narrative "quilt" in which each chapter is a perfectly woven piece, however imperfect, that connects with other fine but imperfectly woven pieces. A superb read. I highly recommend it!

Emily in Colorado