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Song of the Cuckoo Bird: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

A sweeping epic set in southern India, where a group of outcasts create a family while holding tight to their dreams.

Barely a month after she is promised in marriage, eleven-year-old orphan Kokila comes to Tella Meda, an ashram by the Bay of Bengal. Once there, she makes a courageous yet foolish choice that alters the fabric of her life: Instead of becoming a wife and mother, youthful passion drives Kokila to remain at the ashram.

Through the years, Kokila revisits her decision as she struggles to make her mark in a country where untethered souls like hers merely slip through the cracks. But standing by her conviction, she makes a home in Tella Meda alongside other strong yet deeply flawed women. Sometimes they are her friends, sometimes they are her enemies, but always they are her family.

Like Isabel Allende, Amulya Malladi crafts complex characters in deeply atmospheric settings that transport readers through different eras, locales, and sensibilities. Careening from the 1940s to the present day, Song of the Cuckoo Bird chronicles India’s tumultuous history as generations of a makeshift family seek comfort and joy in unlikely places–and from unlikely hearts.

Synopsis:

Kokila, a young orphan promised in an arranged marriage, takes a stand to preserve her independence by refusing to go home with her husband, a refusal that condemns her to a life of poverty and isolation in which she must fight for a place in a society that measures a woman's worth through her marriage and children. Reader's Guide included. Original. 15,000 first printing.

About the Author

Amulya Malladi has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism. Born and raised in India, she lived in the United States for several years before moving to Denmark, where she now lives on the island of Mors with her husband and two sons. You can contact her at www.amulyamalladi.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307416704
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Malladi, Amulya
Author:
Amulya Malladi
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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"Synopsis" by , Kokila, a young orphan promised in an arranged marriage, takes a stand to preserve her independence by refusing to go home with her husband, a refusal that condemns her to a life of poverty and isolation in which she must fight for a place in a society that measures a woman's worth through her marriage and children. Reader's Guide included. Original. 15,000 first printing.
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