In the teeming market of a Cambodian village, Rina runs into the officer who murdered her father thirty-five years ago. What follows is the deeply moving portrait of how she seeks revenge, against the backdrop of a nation still coming to terms with this tragic era of its history.
As Rina spends months watching Touch Pheng, a broken relic of the arrogant young camp commander she knew, haggling over mangoes and resting in the shade, memory and grief twist in unexpected ways, transforming her in the process. Her husband, her best friend, and her best friend’s husband all have their ideas of how Rina should deal with this killer. But Rina must make up her own mind, leading to a final scene that is likely to haunt you with its ambiguity and beauty for years to come.
Stunning in the simplicity of its prose, this is a story about the conflict between family and self, compassion and revenge, national and personal identity.
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