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The Girl from the Rice Paddies
Original title: La niña del arrozal
Category: Fiction | General Fiction
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The Girl from the Rice Paddies

Original title: La niña del arrozal
Category: Fiction | General Fiction

Wichi is a twelve year old Thai girl, intelligent, joyful and extroverted. She lives a happy life, but things begin to get worse when her mother becomes addicted to gambling and loses the small amount of money they have. Wichi’s father disappears from home, never to return, and Wichi’s world falls apart definitively when her mother dies and she is left in the charge of her grandmother, Mrs Phakamon, a perverse old woman who never loved Wichi and plans to abandon her in a brothel. However, the serendipitous intervention of Siri, the only person who really cares about Wichi, will save her from her terrible fate and send them on a long journey.

Highlights The Girl from the Rice Paddies


A unique, intense book which takes us to the fascinating and evocative world of Thailand.

This is a novel that moves and inspires. A fictional story based on real events in a style currently very popular with the reading public. It is a clear example of the power of human goodness and personal triumph over adversity.

This is the story of the strength and suffering of a girl seeking a better future. Beautiful, captivating and realistic.

José Luis Olaizola, founder and president of the NGO Somos Uno –which fights against child prostitution in Thailand –, has written a heartrending, exciting and wonderful tale based on real events. A unique, intense story of human goodness and triumph over adversity.

Technical data

Publishing date: | 256 pages | ISBN: 978-84-270-3738-0 | Imprint: Ediciones Martínez Roca

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