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In this remarkably elegant and compact story collection, Indu Sundaresan opens a window onto an ancient and unique culture while exploring the underlying humanity of the people who inhabit it. IN THE CONVENT OF LITTLE FLOWERSintroduces readers to a compelling array of people, all struggling to negotiate a world that is both instinctively familiar and bewilderingly strange to them. Their world is India in the twenty-first century–a place of eternal diversity that has been influenced by the West, where transition sometimes clashes with modernity and where the old practices no longer fully apply, yet the long shadow of tradition still holds sway.
In "Shelter of Rain," an America-raised Indian adoptee prepares to return to the Convent of Little Flowers, where she once lived as an orphan, after receiving a letter from a nun claiming to be her aunt. Elderly Meha, in "Three and A Half Seconds," reflects on the devastating consequences of giving her son everything modern society demands–and teaching him nothing the traditional world values–in the last moments of her life. "The Key Club" depicts the bewildered longing of Ram, one of Chennai’s eight most powerful men, for his best friend’s wife, who was the college sweetheart he abandoned as lower-class. And "The Faithful Wife" examines the influence and authority of ritual when a woman asks her journalist grandson to come back to his home village, to try and persuade his grandfather to stop the outlawed practice of Sati, where the community is about to force a twelve-year-old widow to burn alive in the ancient tradition.
The nine stories in this collection of tales skillfully explore the ties between friends, relatives, and the long fingers of the past. Each is a portrait of women and men struggling with the weight of hundreds of years of ingrained teaching on class, caste, and sexuality–just as their parents and grandparents were taught–as it clashes with the hopes and dreams of a population coming into the 21st century, with all of the freedoms that supposedly entails. Even the very names of the characters who people these pages are taken from Indian myth and legend, with consequences in the present day.
Sundaresan writes with confidence and elegance, retaining the gorgeously evocative tone for which she has become known while infusing her newest work with the freshness of authenticity. As she describes in her author’s note, the genesis of many of the stories told in IN THE CONVENT OF LITTLE FLOWERS are the real-life tales, garnered through newspaper clippings or the stories told by neighbors. Young or old, rich or poor, high-class or low-caste, the characters in IN THE CONVENT OF LITTLE FLOWERS represent the real faces of India today.


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Post time: 11-3-2018 14:57:55
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Edited by Basston at 11-3-2018 12:29 PM

Taj Mahal Trilogy
1. The Twentieth Wife (2002)

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses -- a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa's embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman -- a legend in her own time -- who was all but lost to history until now.




2. The Feast of Roses (2003)

The love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa, begun in the critically praised debut novel The Twentieth Wife, continues in Indu Sundaresan's lush second novel, The Feast of Roses. Here, Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his twentieth and last wife. This time Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.
Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire in spite of a formidable rival in the imperial harem who has schemed and plotted against her from the start. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson -- and risking it all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who bestows this power upon her....




3. Shadow Princess (2010)

The daughters of Emperor Jahangir, Jahanara and Roshanara, plot and scheme against one another in an attempt to gain power over their father's harem. As royal princesses they are confined in the imperial harem and not allowed to marry. However, this does not stop them from having illicit affairs or plotting the next heir to the throne.
These royal sisters are in competition for everything: power over the harem, their father's affection (still focused on his dead wife), and the future of their country. Unfortunately, only one of them can succeed. And, despite their best efforts to affect the future, their schemes are eclipsed, both during their lives and in posterity, as they live in the shadow of the greatest monument in Indian history, the Taj Mahal.
With a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture, Sundaresan creates a story full of rich details that brings the reader deep into the world of the lives of Indian women and their struggles for power and consequence.




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