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Lakshmi's childhood in Ceylon is idyllic, but her family is poor, so at the age of 14 she is married off. Her husband promises her wealth and ease in Malaysia, but once married she discovers that he has lied and in fact lives in poverty. Undaunted, she works ceaselessly to provide for her children.
Rani Manicka was born and educated in Malaysia. An economics graduate, she now lives in the UK. The Rice Mother is her first novel.
Winner of The Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book SE Asia and South Pacific 2003. Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book) 2003 and WH Smith Book Awards (New Talent) 2003.