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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.
This was a book I picked up In a seventh grade English class. I was . Only able to read 1paragraph. I bought it and enjoyed the short sweet story.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great story with a light treatment of the conditions for widows and young girls in India. Appropriate for late elementary to high school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by perry jackson
Hard to believe people still live this way in this day an age, makes me appreciate our freedom. Very fast read but so well worth it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy
I really enjoyed this story. It made me thankful to live in this country where women are valued!Published 2 months ago by sjanecke
I love this book, not only does is it a good story it teaches you about life in India some time ago! Also it is good for ALL ages! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glenn deLorenzi
Children can think about their own life that is can be change and fixed by someone who is very near them or just themself.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A simple story, though pleasant to read. The plot was predictable, and the characters lacked true depth, but the book was a good, "quick read."Published 3 months ago by A. Beck
If you would like to learn about the women's culture in India than this book will be perfect for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer