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"What if I don't like him?"
"Of course you will like him."
"But what if I don't?"
Maa impatiently slapped at a fly. "Then you must learn to like him."
But Koly never gets a chance to find out if she does care for her intended groom. Married and promptly widowed at 13, Koly finds herself in the grim position of being cast out by a society that has no place for girls like her. With a seemingly hopeless future in India, this courageous and spirited young woman sets out to forge her own destiny. Through perseverance, resourcefulness, and sheer luck, she manages not only to find a niche for herself, but even to find happiness again.
Gloria Whelan's tale of a remarkable girl in an extraordinary situation will linger with the reader long after the last page is read. The shaping of Koly's life, as anyone's, is in her own hands, as well as the hands of the society in which she lives. Her ability to express herself--and ultimately support herself--with her exceptional skill in embroidery is a symbol of the creative ingenuity that will serve her well throughout her tribulations. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I gave this writer a 5 star rating as this book is amazing. It is emotional, moving and fascinating a must readPublished 5 days ago by jasmin
This book of love and losses keeps up a constant pace of heart racking drama, with so much reality and feel, and there is no book like this fantastic, well paced tale of India.Published 27 days ago by Natali Fausey
Wow. Just wow. This book is amazing. I love the different characters and their contrasting personalities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SassyPooh
Excellent fictional look into the life of a young widow in India. I found this hard to put down. The story is very sweet while at the same time it touches on real-life hardships... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fascinated viewer
4 1/2 Stars. Don't know about the 'facts' behind the story, but I have to say I really liked it. It's a sweet, scary, touching story about a young girl forced to marry at the age... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T.O.Powell
I love the imagery in this writing. I can picture the colorful clothing,and the storytelling has me immersed,in the characters journey.Published 4 months ago by sugo127
Overview of Indian society and its rules for women. Shows that things can change through persistence and hard work. Good lesson for all.Published 4 months ago by Patagoniangirl