Though stricken with poverty, Cemara’s family continues to live with gratefulness, kindness, and resilience. Cemara is a bright and lovely little girl who is still in kindergarten. She lives with Abah, the breadwinner of the family, who works as a pedicab driver and a handyman whenever needed. To support them, Emak, the mother, makes sweet grain snacks and asks her daughters to sell them around the village. Euis, the firstborn daughter, is in the 6th grade and has experienced the family’s wealthy condition in the past before they fell into poverty. The youngest daughter Agil is a sweet girl who puts a smile in everyone’s face.

Cemara’s Family is an evocative novel about the importance of family in the lives of young people trying to make it in this crazy world. Its sweet stories show us that tears can actually be a sign of happiness and that there is always hope even in the time of hardship.

By Arswendo Atmowiloto
Category: Young adult
Language: Indonesian, English
Rights Sold: Korean
Page: 280 pages
Dimension: 13,5 x 20 cm
ISBN: 9786020315720
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2017