Hi, all. I've just submitted The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka for your validating pleasure. Common scanning errors have been removed, and page breaks have been protected. Find the synopsis below. At the age of fourteen, Lakshmi leaves behind her childhood among the mango trees of Ceylon for married life across the ocean in _Malaysia, and soon finds herself struggling to raise a family in a country that is, by turns, unyielding and amazing, brutal and beautiful. Giving birth to a child every year until she is nineteen, Lakshmi becomes a formidable matriarch, determined to secure a better life for her daughters and sons, who include eldest son Lakshmnan, whose brilliance cannot rescue him from himself; Mohini, an otherworldly beauty; and SeVenese, who sees the dead. From living through the Japanese occupation during World War II to the torture of watching some of her children succumb to life's most terrible temptations, Lakshmi rises to face every new challenge with almost mythic strength. Dreamy and lyrical, told in the alternating voices of the men and women of this amazing family, The Rice Mother gorgeously evokes a world where small pleasures offset unimaginable horrors, where ghosts and gods walk hand in hand. It marks the triumphant debut of a writer whose wisdom and soaring prose will touch readers, especially women, the world over. Shannon I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do. - Everett Edward Hale, 1822 - 1909 To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.