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The Folded Earthby Anuradha Roy
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For Maya, a young widow trying to escape her complicated past, teaching school in a secluded mountain village offers a promise of peace. Here she feels close to the calm heart of the land, where lush foothills meet clear skies. In the evenings she teaches a peasant girl, Charu, to write so she can correspond with her lover in secret. As Maya finds out, however, no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world, or her own past. The community she has grown to love comes under attack when powerful outsiders hijack the local elections, dividing the villagers and threatening Charu's family. And when Maya's landlord's charming nephew sets up shop nearby, Maya is drawn to him despite her better instincts-and soon finds herself questioning everything she has ever known.
"In the Himalayas of northern India, Maya — whose husband recently died in a mountain-climbing accident — travels to the small town of Ranikhet to assume a teaching position and find solace. There she begins to teach a peasant named Charu to read and write — an effort to help the young girl secretly communicate with her lover, a cook employed in Delhi. But Maya's efforts to find peace are quickly disrupted — by her past, an unexpected love affair, local politics, and sectarian violence. This audio edition is skillfully performed by Sneha Mathan, whose narration is crisp, engaging, and even slightly soothing. She creates a host of unique voices for the book's characters, employing appropriate accents and dialects, deepening her voice for male characters, and ably capturing the essence of the diverse cast. A Free Press paperback." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A triumphantly beautiful novel from the widely acclaimed author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing.
About the Author
Anuradha Roy's first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, was named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and shortlisted for the Crossword Prize. She was the winner of the Picador-Outlook Non-fiction Award. She is an editor at Permanent Black, an independent press publishing in South Asian history, politics and culture. She lives mainly in Ranikhet, India, with her husband Rukun Advani and their dog, Biscoot.
Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received several Earphones awards and she is a two-time Audie finalist.
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