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Fall Like Rain

Overview


Based on true stories, Fall Like Rain is the story of a young Cambodian woman and the American graduate student who finds her diary. 

Readers Favorite Reviews wrote this:

Fall Like Rain is a work of historical fiction rooted in real-world issues and was penned by author Nell Corbly. The central figure is Sophy Seng, a postgraduate student looking for something new in her life to pad out her resume for future job hunting. She seeks out her roots in the birth country of her parents, Cambodia, but here Sophy finds a people lost in the wake of tragedy. The diary of a girl named Kunthea tells the tale of survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocidal atrocity, and Sophie soon learns the truth about survival amongst secrets, darkness, and poverty.


Author Nell Corbly really knows how to touch the heartstrings in this moving and highly engaging account of Cambodian life from 1980 onwards. The bond and parallels drawn between the two central figures of the tale – Sophy and Kunthea – allow us to come closer and learn about the realities of living in the unspoken aftermath of the Khmer Rouge, through the eyes of characters who had survived its many horrors. But the content is delivered with great compassion rather than sensationalism, teaching important lessons to Sophy and to readers along the way. There are Christian themes present in the work, but they are not overbearing to the tale and supplement the ideas presented in the storyline really well. The dialogue too has authenticity in both the speech and silence of the people and their experiences. Overall, Fall Like Rain is an excellent novel recommended for fans of personal drama and emotive historical fiction.

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Description


Masters student Sophy Seng is looking for a good resume builder, so she takes an internship in her parents' birth country of Cambodia in Southeast Asia. As she assimilates to this exotic land and its people, she's confronted with the true story of a young Cambodian girl. It's a story she cannot ignore; a story that changes her way of thinking. A story of one young woman's journey from fear to freedom.

Born in the early 1980s to survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Kunthea can't figure out exactly what happened and why no one will talk about it. Surrounded by a family still shell-shocked by the horror, she's determined to make sense of life, all while struggling merely to survive.

When Sophy discovers Kunthea's lost diary, the puzzle of the Cambodian girl's life comes together piece by piece, drawing Sophy deeper into her world. Confronted with questions she'd never considered asking, Sophy gets much more than she'd bargained for in this six-month internship. Based on a true story, Fall like Rain is a revealing of the dark realities of poverty; of belief systems rooted in lies, and the ultimate power of truth to stamp out the darkness.

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About the author


Nell Corbly has worked and lived in Cambodia for over seventeen years. After learning the language, she had the opportunity to hear the real stories of many Cambodians who have fought to rebuild their lives after the Khmer Rouge genocide and the subsequent unrest.
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Biographical

Language:English

Pages:238

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543991321


Overview


Based on true stories, Fall Like Rain is the story of a young Cambodian woman and the American graduate student who finds her diary. 

Readers Favorite Reviews wrote this:

Fall Like Rain is a work of historical fiction rooted in real-world issues and was penned by author Nell Corbly. The central figure is Sophy Seng, a postgraduate student looking for something new in her life to pad out her resume for future job hunting. She seeks out her roots in the birth country of her parents, Cambodia, but here Sophy finds a people lost in the wake of tragedy. The diary of a girl named Kunthea tells the tale of survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocidal atrocity, and Sophie soon learns the truth about survival amongst secrets, darkness, and poverty.


Author Nell Corbly really knows how to touch the heartstrings in this moving and highly engaging account of Cambodian life from 1980 onwards. The bond and parallels drawn between the two central figures of the tale – Sophy and Kunthea – allow us to come closer and learn about the realities of living in the unspoken aftermath of the Khmer Rouge, through the eyes of characters who had survived its many horrors. But the content is delivered with great compassion rather than sensationalism, teaching important lessons to Sophy and to readers along the way. There are Christian themes present in the work, but they are not overbearing to the tale and supplement the ideas presented in the storyline really well. The dialogue too has authenticity in both the speech and silence of the people and their experiences. Overall, Fall Like Rain is an excellent novel recommended for fans of personal drama and emotive historical fiction.

Read more

Description


Masters student Sophy Seng is looking for a good resume builder, so she takes an internship in her parents' birth country of Cambodia in Southeast Asia. As she assimilates to this exotic land and its people, she's confronted with the true story of a young Cambodian girl. It's a story she cannot ignore; a story that changes her way of thinking. A story of one young woman's journey from fear to freedom.

Born in the early 1980s to survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Kunthea can't figure out exactly what happened and why no one will talk about it. Surrounded by a family still shell-shocked by the horror, she's determined to make sense of life, all while struggling merely to survive.

When Sophy discovers Kunthea's lost diary, the puzzle of the Cambodian girl's life comes together piece by piece, drawing Sophy deeper into her world. Confronted with questions she'd never considered asking, Sophy gets much more than she'd bargained for in this six-month internship. Based on a true story, Fall like Rain is a revealing of the dark realities of poverty; of belief systems rooted in lies, and the ultimate power of truth to stamp out the darkness.

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About the author


Nell Corbly has worked and lived in Cambodia for over seventeen years. After learning the language, she had the opportunity to hear the real stories of many Cambodians who have fought to rebuild their lives after the Khmer Rouge genocide and the subsequent unrest.
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