In the Shadow of the Banyan

Seven-year-old Raami's family members are minor Cambodian royalty who find themselves fleeing Phnom Penh as the brutal Khmer Rouge take the city. Her story -- based largely on novelist Vaddey Ratner's own experiences -- is a devastating epic of love, suffering, and survival during a historic tragedy.  (And don't miss this revealing interview about the author's childhood and how she came to write the novel).

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…