January 2011 Debut of the Month.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 6 Feb 2011.
Love brings joy and heartache in this stunning debut novel which feels alive with the colours of India. Family drama and a love triangle make this an involving and touching story. This is an author to watch.
"In my homeland of Coorg it was customary to bury the umbilical cord of a newborn. Past the jungle topsoil, past tree root and shale, deep into the earth. It served as a talisman, so that no matter how far one went, no matter the passage of time, this beacon always pointed the way back home."
When a flock of herons wheeled overhead at the moment of Devi's birth, it seemed that her life would be touched by fate...
As a child, Devi befriends a young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. Over the years, Devi and Devanna become inseparable as they go to school together and learn more about the extended family that surrounds them.
However things change when Devi meets Muthi, a young man who has killed a tiger and is feted as a hero. Although she is still a child and Muthi is a man, Devi vows that one day she will marry him. It is this love that will gradually drive a wedge between her and her friend Devanna, who has been taken under the wing of a local missionary. For Devi is blind to the fact that Devanna himself has fallen for her.
Devanna leaves the village to study medicine, in the hope that when he returns Devi will see his worth and return his love, but then a tragedy changes the fate of all three, with far-reaching consequences for the generations to come.
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 29/04/2010
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Format: Trade Paperback
|Publication date:||6th January 2011|
|Publisher:||Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Sarita Mandanna was born and brought up in India and worked in Hong Kong before moving to the US. She is a private equity professional now based in New York City. Sarita holds an MBA from Wharton and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management.More About Sarita Mandanna