Book number 2 is this fiery-covered beauty. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. This book is depressing. Superbly depressing. But also rather wonderful.
It follows a young girl and her family throughout the Cambodian Civil War, detailing the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. It is ultimately the story of hope and resilience; even more powerful because much of the book is based on the author’s own experiences.
Don’t read it if you want a laugh. Do read it if you want beautiful, poignant writing about a heartbreaking and largely forgotten period in history.