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I am so happy I picked this 5-star book! I am always skeptical of reading debut authors; I haven’t had good luck with this, but I must say Amita Trasi was excellent!
The novel is very well written, developed in India, the narrative within a specific period dating from 1986-2008, moving through past and present. It captures your attention from the beginning and continues to maintain you interested throughout the novel as the plot continues in an ascendant manner.
The novel takes you into the lives of two girls, Tara and Mukta, who are the main characters, united by circumstances of life but then separated by a kidnapping. There are 32 chapters, divided and narrated by both characters. The stories of Tara and Mukta are very human, both girls will be marked by losses and hard situations. You will find a little bit of everything in this novel, from tragedies, to secrets, lies and deceptions. Good and sad themes will be presented throughout the novel, but there will be some so raw that you will find yourself closing the book to recover your composure, and reopening it because you need to know what will happen next.
I do not want to reveal more of the plot as I am sure you can Google this information. But I can really say that I went through a lot of emotions reading this beautifully written story of love, loss, friendship, forgiveness, betrayal, redemption and perseverance in faith.
Can’t wait to read Amita Trasi’s next novel. I hope it’s soon!
The setting and the storylines are gritty but alive. The author’s significant mastery of prose paints a picture that is bleak but not barren. There is a raw authenticity that extends from the setting—the world of childhood sexual slavery—to the characters themselves.
I honestly fell in love with none of the characters. Each is very real in terms of texture and actions. Each is capable of noble thought and behavior but are never totally stripped of his or her capacity for self-absorption and treachery. This provides a degree of authenticity not always found in the modern novel, which is often written to be a vessel of escape for the reader.
This book is far more reflective, following in the footsteps of some of the great geographically inspired novels of Faulkner and Dickens. The settings are different but the rich development of the settings and characters, and the degree to which one defines the other, are not.
Two of the more compelling characters are, in fact, supporting characters. Amma, the small town temple prostitute who is Mukta’s mother, and Raza, the former ruffian turned noble crusader who matures from a youth of crime and violence into the head of an NGO. Both, in their own way, are the extremes of what the primary protagonists wish to be.
Every novel has its money line that is at the heart of the author’s theme. For me that line is: “Have you ever had the feeling you are plummeting down a deep, dark hole? The worst part of it isn’t the fear of what might happen to you but the desperate hope that someone will be there at the end of it, someone who loves you enough to save you.”
I could easily give this book a five rating. But this author is so promising that I feel obliged to help push her to continue her growth and the mastery of her already prodigious skills. We, as readers, are sure to benefit.