Storyteller's Secret

Storyteller's Secret

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Nothing prepares Jaya, A New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family's past. Intoxicated 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 reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya's pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother's arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, a trademark of Amazon.com, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781503949089
1503949087
Branch Call Number: F BADANI
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 22 cm

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Sami_Jansen
Sep 06, 2019

I loved this book and I couldn't put it down. A heartfelt story about a woman traveling to India to learn about her mother's life as a child and she learns the story of her grandmother in the process. The story is told from more than one perspective but I could easily follow the storyline.

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Jersey_Girl
Aug 16, 2019

If I could, I would have given it 10 stars! Warning....you're going to cry! And if you don't cry, well it's your loss. Jaya who is born to parents who immigrated from India to the United States has it all. A job she loves, good parents and a loving husband. Except, she has also had 3 miscarriages. She has hit rock bottom and when her husband requests a separation, she decides to go to India. She has never been to India, but a letter from some attorneys has arrived for her mother saying there is legal business to be taken care of. Her mother says "I am not interested." and throws the letter away. Jaya, knows almost nothing about her Indian family decides she will go to India and see what all this "legal stuff" is about. Get away from her sorrow and her missing her husband. Also, her mother has always been sort of a cold person...though a good mother. But her mother has never been willing to talk about her life in India. Before she married and came to America when she was 18 years old. Jaya would like to get her questions about her Indian family answered. When Jaya gets to her mother's former home in a small village, she finds a very old, ancient really, servant who was a friend not only to her mother but back further. A friend and servant to her Grandmother, Amisha and her Grandfather Deepak. This was in the late 1930's and into the 1940's when India was still under British rule. The servant, a man of the Untouchable class of Indian people, has a tale to tell Jaya. About her Grandmother, Grandfather, her Mother, her Mother's Step-Mother, her Grandmother's British soldier friend (after his brother was killed in WW2, which was still raging, this man's father had pulled some strings and got him stationed in India...way from the actual battles going on in Europe and the Pacific) and about things that happened to Jaya's Indian family. It is quite a story. I couldn't put this book down. And my heart was truly touched by the things that happened within the family and to the family.

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mosermorse
Jun 02, 2019

This was an excellent book; I couldn’t put it down. It was interesting to learn about the lives of women in India at this time period, and about Indian spirituality. But more than that it was a story of forbidden love with tragic consequences. As you read you know where the relationship is leading to, but you don’t know when it will happen or what will happen when it is discovered. It was very suspenseful. If you like happy endings and romance novels this book is not for you, but I like historical fiction and this was on the edge of that. Excellent character development. I immediately read the other book by this author “Trail of Broken Wings” and it was very difficult to read but also a very well written book about Indian women in the US.

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Rachelc24
Apr 30, 2019

I enjoyed this book very much. I've never had an interest in going to India but this book made me want to visit. A woman goes to India to learn more about her mom's past.
She finds out about her Grandmother's amazing story. Even if its a little predictable. It was still enjoyable.

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