Music of the Ghosts by 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.
In Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of unfathomable violence live side by side, striving to mend their still beloved country. She meets a young doctor who begins to open her heart, confronts her long-buried memories, and prepares to learn her father’s fate.
Meanwhile, the Old Musician, who earns his modest keep playing ceremonial music at a temple, awaits Teera’s visit. He will have to confess the bonds he shared with her parents, the passion with which they all embraced the Khmer Rouge’s illusory promise of a democratic society, and the truth about her father’s end.
- Publisher : Atria; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476795797
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476795799
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches