I got this book wonderfully well written and heartbreaking page turner of a book from Kindle Unlimited adding audible narration to it. As I had this I read it via a combination of reading and listening. This was the first time I had listened to a book ans this book was an ideal book to do it with because it enabled me to hear the correct pronunciation of the characters names as they were Indian Names.
The book told the story of an Indo-American family and the life they had in America particularly the lives of the four women (Mother and 3 daughters) at the hands of the abusive matriarch of the family. The story starts with the return of one of the women from her travels after hearing her father was in a coma, which it turned out was due the actions of the Mother poisoning him slowly with some of his medicine.
We learned about the abuse that the women experienced through the eyes of the women themselves. This was mainly the guilt for one of the sisters that her father never abused her because he saw her as his favourite only it turned out that he had only it was via rape when she was
The authors writing was captivating and really evocative, and showed an amazing in site into the nature of abuse within Indian families. It became clearer why this was the case when you read the authors bio because she said she had based the story on her personal experience of abuse.
All the characters were very well developed, multi-faceted and believable.
Ranee the seemingly weak dominated mother who never stops her husband from hurting the girls but who actually ultimately shows her strength by being responsible for his coma.
Sonya, a photographer lived on the run for most of her adult life not allowing her self to have ties with anyone especially romantic ones but this changes when she starts working at the Hospital where she starts developing connections with the patients she works with as a photography therapist as well as the relationship that develops between her and her fathers doctor.
Sonya’s softly-spoken sister Trisha has created a seemingly perfect suburban life only its not as perfect as everyone believes it to be because the problems that her and her husband are having with having children are down to her. Unbeknown to her husband before the got married she did what she needed to do to make sure she would never have children because of the abuse she witnessed in her family as a child. When her husband finds out what she did he asks for a divorce as all he wanted was to have a family as he was in Care. Following her sisters return to the family she begins having flashbacks of a young girl in her family home silently screaming and hurt walking down the hallway but she can’t make any sense of it until she mentions it to her mother who tells her about her father raping her, on the Night of her Sister Marin’s Wedding.
Marin the eldest sister has become a hard nosed career driven woman who is determined that her daughter will have the best of everything, which is why she does everything she can to nail her boyfriend when she finds out he’s beating her. It is this single event that brings all the secrets from the past out and makes Marin believe that what has happened to her daughter is a result of what she and her sisters experienced as children, kind of of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The book gave a very visual and evocative image of what life is like with in a family where abuse is rife and the effect that it has on the people that experience it as well as the secrets it causes them to keep. I thought that Brent was a particularly odious abusive man, but when I learned about the humiliating racism he faced as first generation Indian in America I could feel some sympathy for him. Although that didn’t give him the right to take out his frustrations on his family by becoming an abusive bully.
This was the first Memoir I had ever read, based around abuse and without question I will read it again as a result of the sensitive and compassionate way the author dealt with the subject mater. Because of this I will also recommend it to/buy it as a gift for anyone I know who I think will enjoy it.
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A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. When not writing, she loves reading, biking along the ocean, traveling and trying to teach her teacup Morkie not to hide socks under the bed (so far she has been completely unsuccessful). Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran are always playing in the background. She would love to hear from readers and speak to book clubs via Skype. Please connect with her atwww.sejalbadani.com or follow her on twitter @Sejal_Badani or facebook.com/SejalBadani.
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