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The October release of Sunisa Manning’s historical fiction novel, “A Good True Thai,” has turned out to be exceptionally timely, as Thailand is in the midst of months-long demonstrations for democratic change.

“A Good True Thai” takes place between 1973 and 1976, amid a pro-democracy movement that seems to mirror the current protests. Much like today, the idealistic students in Manning’s novel speak out against a military dictatorship and dream of social and economic equality. But the real-life movement’s demands go even further, calling for a new constitution and limited powers for the king.

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