A Novel in Verse

Book - 2011
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In 1984, following her mother's suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother's ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Razorbill, c2011
ISBN: 9781595143389
Branch Call Number: YF Ostl
Characteristics: 517 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2018

Sweet sweet story and read. So glad I found this when I did. This has been a journey during my time of bereavement at the loss of my grandparent. Love is such a beautiful and amazing gift!

May 13, 2014

A very beautifully written book.

darrenharrypotter123 Apr 23, 2013

I loved the format of this book and the story was amazing! It was exciting, and I always wanted to keep reading.

_BehindBlueEyes Apr 16, 2013

I found this book a little hard ro read. It was a different style for me and I can't say I want to read more like it. Others might find this book interesting, but it is not for me. I thought the story line was hard to follow and couldn't get into it.

Chamomile_Calendula Apr 11, 2013

I completely loved this story. It was AWESOME!

laughing_gal Feb 03, 2013

This book had an interesting perspective and many different characters,each with their own unique personality.

BlueDragon22 Jan 11, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that the story and the writing were very unique. I thought that the authors choice of writing it in verses/poetry was quite risky but she pulled it off very well. A beautiful and sad story.

CatherineG_1 Jul 14, 2012

Learned a lot about South East Asian Indian women and their strong respect for their culture.

crankylibrarian Nov 03, 2011

Blending novels with poetry is a risky proposition, and can go disastrously awry. Yet Cathy Ostlere manages a complicated narrative from dual points of view, written in the form of several hundred short poems. These are not mere verses or doggerel, but highly imagistic pieces which blend into a gripping adventure and love story.

Maya, the daughter of a Hindu mother and Sikh father, lives in small town Canada, where her family suffers from isolation and casual xenophobia. After her mother commits suicide, Maya and her father go on a pilgrimage to India to return her ashes, but are caught up in the horrific anti-Sikh violence following the murder of Indira Gandhi. Separated from her father, a traumatized Maya wanders the country, narrowly escaping abduction, rape, slavery and murder. The only person she can trust is teenage Sandeep, who attempts to protect her from hostile villagers,religious extremists, and his own family. Maya and Sandeep each narrate portions of the story, and each has a distinctive style. Though the plot involves numerous somewhat improbable coincidences, the end result is a novel of beauty passion and heartbreak.

jazs Oct 28, 2011

NPR summer reading for all ages


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May 13, 2014

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