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The Storyteller's Secret


This was my choice for this month s free prime book and I was very disappointed If you know nothing about India or Indian culture and you don t mind a very predictable book with few twists or turns then I m sure it s an acceptable novel If you do know even the basics about India then you ll soon spot it s a bit of a MessJaya Lives In America And Decides To Take A Trip lives in America and decides to take a trip India after suffering her third miscarriage and the breakdown of her marriage She s esponding to a letter her mother Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris received from Jaya s grandfather asking her toeturn to India and learn something about his wife "IF JAYA S MOTHER WON T " Jaya s mother won t and she clearly won t then Jaya figures a bit of India might be just what she needs By the time Jaya arrives her grandfather has gone and she s left with her grandmother s friend and servant Ravi to tell her about the pastNothing about this book The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education rings true My irritation started with Jaya arriving at an airport whose description is completely unrealistic You don t find beggars INSIDE an Indian airport it s not aailway station and they don t call an NRI woman memsahib She takes a rickshaw for 45 minutes even assuming she means an autorickshaw or tuk tuk most airports don t allow them for 45 minutes even assuming she means an autorickshaw or tuk tuk most airports don t allow them pick up She looks out of the open window despite autorickshaws and cycle The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry rickshaws having no windows She comments about scarves that would cost hundreds of dollars in the USA costing 5upees It s all just fantasy I can t help but wonder if she has even been to India That s all just in the first few chapters The errors in the grandmother s story are even extreme Her grandmother is supposed to be a simple girl who only had a few years of schooling in Hindi but she speaks English with a bizarre elouence despite not being able to write or ead a word of the language She invites an untouchable into her in laws house and nobody makes a particularly big deal about it She spends hours alone and unchaperoned with a British soldier and again nobody makes a big deal about it The whole thing is fine if you don t care that it s totally unfeasible Di. From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love the power of healing and the invincible desire to dream Nothing prepares Jaya a New York journalist for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wak. D I mention it s also completely predictable Maybe I did I A LOT Books LOT of books Indian writers and books set in India and this is third ate Sorry I ve Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution readeviews that people loved it but I didn t I A Kangaroo's Life really didn t The first few chapters begin in America with Jaya as the narrator I was immediately pulled in but found Jaya an annoying protagonist I eventually warmed to her but it took almost a dozen chapters Regardless the storytelling was engaging After several miscarriagesJaya and her husband Patrick separate Their communication was weak Patrick moved out uickly Next we are introduced to Jaya s parents Jaya went to spend time with them one night sleep over hoping to find comfortfrom the pain she was feeling since Patrick left Jaya s mother Lenaeceived a letter from her father in India to come home because he was dying Jaya learns of the letter For easons we don t know yet Lena will not go back home to Indiabecause her father told her years ago when she got married to never eturn home Jaya and Lena s motherdaughter Filosofía e inmanencia relationship has been strained for years Jaya was frustrated with her mother because she would never tell her anything about her past Focus on the future Lena would say Jaya was hurting I d say clinically depressedshe desperately wanted a child but could never carry one to full term Jaya loved Patrickbut he was at his wits end suffering and suffocating in theelationshipSo after Patrick bolts Jaya does the same bolts America bolts her husband and bolts her motherOff to India Jaya goes to meet her grandfather The mysterious man Lena s father that Lena efused to discuss Once in India Jaya discovers she was a couple of days too late Her grandfather had already died The transition from America to India didn t feel cohesivebut we get the point Jaya already died The transition from America to India didn t feel cohesivebut we get the point Jaya angry hurt and devastated about everything in her life Bolting to India was a great idea I was eminded that no matter how Far East you un you take yourself with you no matter where you go I once bolted to India tooBesides needing a personal escape journey from. E Desperate to assuage her deep anguish she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s pastIntoxicated by the sights smells and sounds she experiences Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture But it is Ravi her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant who eveals the. Her present troublesJaya also wanted some answersshe ll get them Jaya will meet Revi her grandmothers faithful servant and close friendWe learn the story of grandmother Amishawho lived during the era of oppression It s heartbreakingbut she was a very esilient woman This is a touching story about a woman searching for answers wanting to know the hidden secrets that have been hidden by her a woman searching for answers wanting to know the hidden secrets that have been hidden by her for generations Wonderful stories that have been hidden by her for generations Wonderful stories become a fly on the wall learning about these charactersThe descriptions of British occupied India intertwined with modern day Indiawas also beautifully written Having been the Indian myself I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the customs the people the holidays the foods the family history and India s history Themes Love loss betrayal sacrifice friendshipwere heartbreaking heartwarmingwith a transformational shift that was eally lovely 45 stars A uiet One of Our Thursdays Is Missing read free of twists and turns and other serpentine machinations The beauty is in the simplicity of the story Perspective is achieved inecognizing what some take for granted are the same things for which others yearn and will never achieve The freedom to make choices that will chart our destiny the absolute value of a true friend Every story holds a secret This has been languishing on my Kindle for a very long time Although the story was a bit on the saccharin side for me the writing was lovely and I enjoyed learning a bit about the underpinnings of India from two different time periods I love eading books about India and thought this would be a winner but unfortunately it was too predictable and I figured out early on how it was going to endThank you Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an "HONEST REVIEW I HAD NO IDEA " review I had no idea this was about except the it was historical fiction and that could never be boring in my opinion I loved the setting and have ead very little about India during WWII The writing was mesmerizing and the story was beautiful and tragic all at the same time I highly Lassie Come-Home recommend this book. Resilience struggles secret love and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestinglyomantic and heart wrenching story Jaya discovers the legacy beueathed to her and a strength that until now she never knew was possibl. ,