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Nov 05, 2013
| ISBN 9780804169240
Nov 05, 2013
| ISBN 9780804150613
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Nov 05, 2013 | ISBN 9780804169240
Nov 05, 2013 | ISBN 9780804150613
On the surface, fifteen-year-old Sonil has come to her adored grandmother’s house on a small island off the coast of India to mend her shaky health. Secretly, however, she longs to find out why her mysteriously distant mother agreed to have her sent away as a child. She spends her time studying Italian with her absentminded uncle and talking about boys and clothes with her favorite cousin until she finds the perfect escape from her mother’s rejection–a passionate affair with a young American. But the affair will have a surprising outcome, forcing Sonil to forgive her mother and to look to herself for the answers she will need in the coming years.
In her first novel since her debut with The Journey, Indira Ganesan gives us the story of Sonil, who at fifteen has come to her adored grandmother’s house on a paradisiacal island off the coast of India ("a tiny eye, to the teardrop that was Sri Lanka") to mend her shaky health. She has been living on the mainland with her aunts, to whom she was sent by her mother when she was a baby, and she yearns to find out why she was exiled and where her American father might be.On the island, she spends her time studying Italian with her absentminded uncle . . . talking about boys and clothes with her favorite cousin, Jani . . . spying on her mysteriously distant mother. The gorgeous surroundings–the mango trees, the flowers, the heat, the monkeys–awaken her senses, and ours too, as she settles in for a seemingly endless summer.Little by little, her spirits revive, and we see Sonil begin to move out of the magical world of her grandmother’s compound into the wider life of the island, until she finds the perfect escape from her mother’s rejection in a passionate affair with a young American. It is through her feelings for him that she begins to discover the means to forgive her mother and to look to herself for the answers she will need in the coming years.Inheritance is a lush, lovely novel that transports us to a timeless place, an exotic island crossroads of many peoples and cultures–an Eden where the drama of love and family, loss and acceptance, still works its powerful and encompassing magic.
Indira Ganesan is the author of the novels The Journey, Inheritance, and As Sweet as Honey. She has held fellowships from the Paden Institute for Writers of Color, the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her… More about Indira Ganesan
“Inheritance possesses . . . delicate grace, as well as a wisdom that is both childlike and wry.” —Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, San Francisco Chronicle “Moving. . . . Ganesan has created an appealing young heroine whose determination and sensitivity wins us over.” —The New York Times Book Review “A good book can take us to an exotic locale, flood us with emotions or remind us of that special summer that awakened adulthood. A very good book can do all of these vividly, realistically, seamlessly. Indira Ganesan’s Inheritance is such a book.” —The Columbus Dispatch “Graceful, economical, and charming.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “[Ganesan] writes a young girl’s heart and mind with a true and gentle hand.” —Kansas City Star
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