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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After 35 years working as a computer programmer, Brenda L. Baker moved to India where she volunteered at the Madras Christian Counsel of Social Service in Chennai, writing funding proposals and teaching English to women residing in shelters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born in Toronto, Brenda spent her working life writing computer programs in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Her passion is exploring new cultures, with knitting and reading tied for second place. She likes cats, but resists owning one herself, since everyone knows little old ladies can't just stop at one. Visit her at http://brendalbaker.com/

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rainbowbrite on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is such a wonderful book. It was funny, heart warming, and heart breaking all at the same time. The author grabs you right from the start as the main character Kiria deals with one calamity after another upon her arrival in India and she doesn't let you go until the last page. Sisters of the Sari takes you deep into the lives and culture of it's characters in such a touching way. Definitely add this book to your summer reading list!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on July 26, 2011
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This summer seems to have been the summer of reading in this house and I couldn't wait to read this book. In the same vein of going on a trip and having a life experience that I found in "Eat, Pray, Love," Sisters of the Sari by Brenda L. Baker is one of those books that will grab you and transport you off to India to live in someone else's shoes for a little while.

Kiria is a Canadian CEO who decides to take a vacation to the non-touristy spots in India. What she finds is that people are all too willing to fleece a white tourist and, after losing her luggage, what she really wants are clean clothes and a little bit of understanding. She finds it in Santoshi, an Indian woman who gives her the last of her money so she can travel back to her hotel. In her quest to repay Santoshi, she discovers that her life has not been as cut and dry as she imagined and that there is much left to be discovered about herself and about others.

First, let's hit the plot. I was intrigued and entertained by the plot throughout the story. Ms. Baker winds a tale nicely and vividly. Both the setting and characters were well drawn and secondary characters were nicely used to help flesh out the important aspects of the novel. My one complaint is that I feel like I ended the book not knowing or understanding Kiria any better than when I started. In other words, her dynamics didn't feel like they changed much to me nor did I think she came to much understanding of herself. Yes, she absolutely went to huge lengths (without giving away too much of the plot here) to help others and do great things, but when we end the book, I feel like she herself has changed very little, quite honestly. Elements of who she was were there from the beginning and her growth was not strong. Nor was that of Santoshi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Wright on June 16, 2011
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Kiria is a middle aged, savvy business woman who wants to do something more meaningful with her life. She takes a trip to southern India, and in a time of need in an unfamiliar country she becomes the recipient of unexpected kindness of a poor Indian woman, Santoshi. Forming a tenuous bond, Kiria sets out to change Santoshi's circumstances. Santoshi is not aware that her circumstances are in need of a change.

Ms. Baker did a wonderful job of depicting the clash of cultures. A western woman who expects life to be clean, cool and orderly struggles to come to terms with the poverty and plight of women that they accepted as normal. Kiria has a few skeletons in her own closet that when added to the mix help to propel her and Santoshi into new views of life.

Sisters of the Sari is a wonderful modern story full of rich and interesting characters. The well detailed clash of cultures make this book a page turner that you won't be able to put down.

Linda C. Wright
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By Tasc on February 22, 2013
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Good story in many ways. Loved the culture and lifestyle presentation of the Indian people, but
at the end, the American questioned 'what family?' in regards to her friends foster family she'd adopted.

Ugh, all that time and effort spent, all that concern for the people, and she still didn't get it?? Turned me
off the book overall.
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Interested in the real life of women in India? A close up look at life for women in Southern India and their everyday struggles. This book makes you feel as if you are living there, too. Told with humorous touches and real life struggles of a well to do white woman who decides to live in India and open a women's shelter. A very good read!
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