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The Rice Mother

by Rani Manicka

This is an engrossing family story full of memorable characters set in exotic Malaysia. It tells the bad with the good but it's a beautiful book. I couldn't put it down.

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Memories? Yes, I have memories but they are precious and far away, like butterflies. Tiny magic pieces of flying colour that the curious little boy of time has played with. No-one dares tell him, 'Don't touch them or the dust comes off their wings and they will blur and fly no more' .... The butterfly with the biggest, best wings I call Mother. When I was young she was a big bright shining light in our house. Undoubtedly the strongest influence in all our lives.

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