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“This is why we read fiction at all” raves the Washington Post: Family life meets historical romance in this critically acclaimed, “gorgeous, sweeping novel” (Ms Magazine) about two people who find each other when abandoned by everyone else, marking the signal American debut of an award-winning writer who richly deserves her international acclaim.

On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he knows that he must return.

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"Roy's impressive American debut covers multiple generations of an Indian family from the turn of the 20th century to India's partition. Three distinct sections revolve around Amulya, who runs an herbal medicine and fragrance business; his mentally ill wife, Kananbala, who spies on the goings-on of her English neighbors from the room Amulya keeps her locked in; their sons, Kamal and Nirmal; their wives; Nirmal's daughter Bakul, whose mother died in childbirth; and finally Mukunda, an orphan that Amulya helps support, at which point Nirmal brings Mukunda home as a companion for Bakul. Tales weave backward and forward, and characters wallow in their longings, occasionally taking action; Mukunda and Bakul form a lasting bond that doesn't change with their circumstances. The book unfolds in third person until the final section, when Mukunda steps in as narrator to provide a welcome personal perspective on years of events. Roy is especially good at sensory description, making the sounds, smells, and feel of Bengal come vividly to life. Cultures may differ, but longing and love are universal. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Anuradha Roy is the Publisher of Permanent Black, an imprint in Delhi. She was shortlisted for the British Council International Young Publisher of the Year award in 2006.

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janmah51, November 17, 2011 (view all comments by janmah51)
Anuradha Roy has a beautiful way with words. You really get a feel for the country of India, it's culture and it's people. The story spans from the 1920's to the 1950's. Amulya moves his family from busy, exciting Calcutta to a small quiet town, called Songarh. Amulya makes herbal potions from native plants and does well in this small village. His wife, Kananbala is so lonely that she is slowly going insane. Also in the family are the eldest daughter in-law Manjula who wants a child of her own, the youngest son is Nirmal who is an archaeologist. Bakul is his daughter.Bakul and Mukunda are playmates and become extremely close. Mukunda is sent to school in the city to keep him away from Bakul. There are many interesting relationships and some complex story lines. Still, it is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451608625
Author:
Roy, Anuradha
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Anuradha Roy, The Folded Earth, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, award winning, critically acclaimed, India, Himalayas, historical romance, fiction, literary, multi-generational, adoption, orphan, star-crossed, class, caste, ambition, international acclaim
Subject:
Anuradha Roy, The Folded Earth, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, award winning, critically acclaimed, India, Himalayas, historical romance, fiction, literary, multi-generational, adoption, orphan, star-crossed, class, caste, ambition, international acclaim
Subject:
Anuradha Roy, The Folded Earth, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, award winning, critically acclaimed, India, Himalayas, historical romance, fiction, literary, multi-generational, adoption, orphan, star-crossed, class, caste, ambition, international acclaim
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Roy's impressive American debut covers multiple generations of an Indian family from the turn of the 20th century to India's partition. Three distinct sections revolve around Amulya, who runs an herbal medicine and fragrance business; his mentally ill wife, Kananbala, who spies on the goings-on of her English neighbors from the room Amulya keeps her locked in; their sons, Kamal and Nirmal; their wives; Nirmal's daughter Bakul, whose mother died in childbirth; and finally Mukunda, an orphan that Amulya helps support, at which point Nirmal brings Mukunda home as a companion for Bakul. Tales weave backward and forward, and characters wallow in their longings, occasionally taking action; Mukunda and Bakul form a lasting bond that doesn't change with their circumstances. The book unfolds in third person until the final section, when Mukunda steps in as narrator to provide a welcome personal perspective on years of events. Roy is especially good at sensory description, making the sounds, smells, and feel of Bengal come vividly to life. Cultures may differ, but longing and love are universal. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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