Music of the Ghosts

Music of the Ghosts

eBook - 2017
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An astonishing and powerful new novel from PEN/Hemingway finalist Vaddey Ratner. Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as "the Old Musician" and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago. Arriving in Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of atrocity live side by side. Soon she meets a young doctor who carries his own memories of that time but also shows her a beautiful country on a fragile path of reconciliation. Meanwhile, the Old Musician anticipates the confession he must make. Together Teera and the Old Musician confront the truth of their intertwined past, weaving a melody that will leave both transformed, and freeing Teera to find a new home and a new love in the places she least expects.
Publisher: New York, NY : Touchstone, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476795805
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook


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Oct 24, 2017

If you’ve visited Cambodia, you will appreciate this haunting novel about Teera who returns to Cambodia after growing up in the US. Raised by her aunt, she returns because of a mysterious letter written by “The Old Musician.” Memories from the past sweep her up in the struggle Cambodia had during the time of the Khmer Rouge. Both her memories of childhood before emigrating to America, and those of the Old Musician, who was forced to commit atrocities on his fellow Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge are heartbreaking and, yet the book ends with the positive spirit felt in Cambodia today.

Jul 24, 2017

Sentences are overly descriptive, in my opinion, and made following the plot cumbersome; and I lost interest in what could have been a really good historical fiction.


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