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Sepia Leaves Hardcover – May 12, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-8183860079 ISBN-10: 8183860079 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Press; 1st edition (May 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8183860079
  • ISBN-13: 978-8183860079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,211,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amandeep Sandhu has worked as a farmhand, shop assistant, tuition master, teacher, and a journalist for The Economic Times.

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Simple crafting of words but brilliantly told story of a little boy who survives a slow death since childhood. Seriously makes you question relationships and commitments as you turn each page of the book.
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By Edith on September 17, 2012
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Sepia Leaves tells the story of a young Indian boy struggling with his mother's schizophrenia. It's a moving, sometimes depressing, but also uplifting story of a family's attempt to cope with mental illness at a time where "crazy" people were usually locked away. But this is not an option for the father of the family. He stands by his wife, no matter what neighbors say, no matter how much she yells at him and even turns violent against him. What the boy perceives as weakness and cowardice in his Baba is the noble persistence of a man who always wanted to do the right thing.

Sepia Leaves is an important book that can help people cope with mental illness, but it's also a wonderful piece of literature.
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With the death of his father, a young Indian man goes through his photo album, revealing sepia prints of his life, beginning as a boy and working through each circumstance as he grows.

As an English woman, I found the young man's journey, through a different culture to my own, fascinating. The charming use of language compounds the foreign feel of the novel. Each printed leaf reveals how his younger self learns about life and tries to make sense of words like mad.

Every person on the planet lives by different rules in the game we call life, depending on our place of birth. Acceptance extends to every facet of Appu's village life. A tortured young tribal woman accepts her position in a dysfunctional family, provides the boy much needed mothering, and simply waits out the storms surrounding her. Neighbors accept every child as part of their family. Central to the story, Appu accepts his mother's mental condition and the filth surrounding her while giving constant love.

As he grows, Appu begins to see that, rather than acting a coward's role, his father's acceptance of his circumstances shows strength. Despite himself, the young boy follows his example of avoiding horrible situations. The tension in this novel pulsates through each sepia print.
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