The Happiness of Kati

Author(s): Jane Vejjajiva


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, The Happiness of Kati is a poignant and beautifully written novel.


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a celebration of life and a fascinating glimpse into Thai culture.'Adelaide Advertiser, 30/09/06The author uses colourful descriptions and poetic imagery to bring the smells, sights and sounds of Kati's Thailand alive.'Reading Time Vol 50, No 3...takes you on a touching journey... the feeling is rich and real.'Review from YARA

General Fields

  • : 9781741147537
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : May 2006
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.92
  • : 120
  • : 26 line text drawings
  • : Jane Vejjajiva