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Historians still argue over the number of those killed during the four-year (1975-1979) regime of Cambodia's Khymer Rouge; most studies estimate the death toll between 1.4 million and 2.2 million, give or take a few hundred thousand humans. Vaddey Ratner's In the Shadow of the Banyan translates that unthinkable carnage into the story of one 7-year-old girl and the horrific world she is growing into. Ratner, herself a childhood survivor of that ruthless regime, has created a narrative centered on the experiences of a family caught in this uncontrollable maelstrom. Far more poignant than any dry chronicle of tyranny.