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Sepia Leaves 1st Edition
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
Sepia Leaves is an important book that can help people cope with mental illness, but it's also a wonderful piece of literature.
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.