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Set in Mumbai, India, this memorable novel is alternately narrated by two girls from different castes who become friends. Tara is from a solid, middle-class, two-parent home and afforded many privileges, while Mukta is the daughter of a sex worker and an absent father. The girls' lives intertwine when Tara's father, who helps orphaned children, brings Mukta home to work as a servant rather than as a temple prostitute. As the book moves back and forth through time, readers learn that Mukta has been kidnapped from her adopted home and Tara feels responsible. Tara returns to India as an adult to try to find Mukta and ease her own guilt. Readers will relate to the bond between the protagonists and sympathize with Mukta's situation. Teens who wish to learn more about the grim reality of life in brothels should also seek out S.J. Laidlaw's Fifteen Lanes. VERDICT Fans of Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves I'm Home and other stories of unlikely friendship will appreciate this eye-opening, beautifully written tale of the dark side of tradition.—Sherry J. Mills Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis

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It was an honor to read this powerful story. I laughed and I cried while reading this tender and engaging story, but most of all I thought of my sister and the blessedly uneventful world I grew up in a world without fear, without conflict, without tragedy. Amita Trasi weaves a heart-wrenching tale of hopes and dreams interrupted by duty and destiny. Travel through the front doors of dignity with Tara and the back doors of temple prostitution with Mukta as these two women hold tight to a friendship that even time and trouble cannot destroy. Though Trasi's story is set in India, its implications for human trafficking everywhere are timely and thought-provoking. With wisdom and compassion she leads us into the life of Mukta a young girl desperate to help her mother, longing to know her father, willing to obey her grandmother. Tara, on the other hand, was born to prosperity. A life of education, opportunity, and success awaited her. Until that terrible day. Then America and a chance to begin again. But one cannot erase memories. Memories of Mukta and what might have been. Tara's story is one of promises made and kept. Struggling through the maze of government regulation, she returns to find her friend. As the storyline deepened and I was taken in to each of their lives, both past and present, I was reminded that our strength comes through adversity, perseverance, and fortitude. I simply loved the story and felt honored to step into this other world where I could come to know and love these two women and those they encounter as they live their divergent but interesting lives. Beautifully written, filled with surprises, and packed with emotion, you will be transported to a place deep inside where only love can dwell the common ground we all share, no matter where we are born or what we are expected to become. Love should be in everybody's destiny: Mukta's, Tara's, and ours. --Janet Hitchcock, Editor

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  • File Size: 1730 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062474073
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 18, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J16RIRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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