The Shadow of the Banyan is now available in paperback.
Interview with Vaddey Ratner, Author of In the Shadow of the Banyan
Jaime Boler: Thank you, Vaddey, for letting me interview you. Did you always want to be a writer?
Vaddey Ratner: Thank you, Jaime. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. I think even without the experience of the Khmer Rouge, if I had a choice, I would have chosen writing as my expression. I grew up in a culture rich in the tradition of stories and storytelling. Even as a child, I saw the world through stories. As an adult, I feel that writing helps me to understand the world better, more fully, more tenderly. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection,” said Anais Nin, and thus I write.
JB: When were you first compelled to write In the Shadow of the Banyan?
VR: The story has…
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