Books Vaddey Ratner Books by Vaddey Ratner Vaddey Ratner has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Vaddey Ratner New In Paperback June 3-9: Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Tennessee And Washington June 3, 2013 In softcover fiction, Barbara Kingsolver explores climate change, Jami Attenberg depicts an eating disorder, Dave Eggers sends a businessman to Saudi Arabia, and Vaddey Ratner fictionalizes life under the Khmer Rouge. In nonfiction, Jeffrey Toobin examines the Supreme Court and President Obama. Author Interviews In The 'Shadow' Of Death, Stories Survive August 14, 2012 When author Vaddey Ratner was just a child, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and destroyed her aristocratic family. Her new novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, draws on her terrible experiences — and the poetry and stories from her father that helped her survive. In The 'Shadow' Of Death, Stories Survive Listen · 7:18 7:18 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158691935/158745458" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews 'Banyan' Lifts The Veil On Cambodia's Nightmare August 9, 2012 Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan draws on her childhood experiences under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It follows Raami, a young polio survivor, from her idyllic home to the depths of totalitarian exploitation.