A bestseller in Thailand, this poignant and beautifully written novel is the story of a 9-year-old girl whose mother is suffering from an incurable illness. Kati's spirited response to the challenges she faces and the evocative Thai setting make this poetic novel especially memorable.
Every morning Kati is woken by the clatter of Grandma's spatula and pan and every night she goes to bed wishing for her mother. Like the canal that flows past her door, Kati's life has a gentle rhythm. But beneath the peaceful surface runs an undercurrent of mystery. Why has Mother stayed away for so long and where is the father Kati has never known? These questions take Kati on an unforgettable journey from the old fashioned house on the canal to a bungalow by the sea and an apartment in the big city.
An international bestseller in, The Happiness of Kati is a poignant and beautifully written novel.
Jane Vejjajiva was born in 1963 in London. She returned to Thailand at the age of three. Having cerebral palsy from birth limits her movements and books opened to her an imaginary world. After completing a BA with Honours and further studies in translation, she started her career as a magazine publisher before setting up her own company editing a magazine for children in 1995. She now runs the Silkroad Publishers agency and continues to work as a freelance translator and interpreter. The Happiness of Kati is her first novel and was first published in Thailand in December 2003.
WINNER: 2006 South East Asian Write Award.
The Junior Library Guild (USA) selected THE HAPPINESS OF KATI for their prestigious 'upcoming reading list' in early 2006.
The French edition of THE HAPPINESS OF KATI was one of six books nomin 0
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
8 - 11
Children's, Teenage & educational