James Connor, burdened with guilt from a tragedy during India and Pakistan’s partition, has dedicated his life to serving India. His estranged daughter, Ruth, believing she came second to her American parents’ missionary calling, rebelled as a teenager, triggering her own devastating event. After 24 years away, she finally returns to Askival, the family home in the northern hill-station of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, to tend to her dying father. There they must both face the past and find forgiveness if they are to cross the chasm and be at peace.
In this extraordinary and assured debut, Merryn Glover draws on her own upbringing in South Asia to create this sensitive, moving and panoramic journey through the turbulent history of India from Independence to the present day.
|Publication date:||25th May 2015|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 07/10/2021
‘A gripping storyline’ The Church Times
‘An epic and raging sweep of history’ Northwords Now
‘Askival will break your heart’ Cynthia Rogerson, award winning author
Merryn Glover was born in a former Rana palace in Kathmandu and grew up in Nepal, India and Pakistan. Her first major work was a stage play, The Long Way Home, which was broadcast on Radio Scotland. She has written three further radio plays for Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. Merryn's first novel, A House Called Askival (2014), was published by Freight. In 2019, she was appointed the first Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park.More About Merryn Glover