Fiction Short Take: The Color of our Sky – Amita Trasi

We’re getting very good advance review attention and strong sell-in numbers for this debut about two Mumbai girls and their friendship over the course of very different lives.

Told in alternating points of view, lower caste Mukta is brought to the home of Tara’s upper middle class family to work as a servant. The girls become fast friends until Mukta is kidnapped one night from Tara’s home and Tara’s family moves to LA after the death of Tara’s mother in a bombing. A decade later, Tara is still haunted by the mystery of what happened and returns to India to find her childhood friend. What she uncovers is shocking and reveals as much about her own family as Mukta’s fate.

This is poignant novel about the clash of urban and village cultures, child trafficking, loyalty, resilience and love. A good choice for book clubs interested in women and world culture.

Finely woven threads of friendship, womanhood, and hope sustain Trasi’s striking debut novel…. The novel eschews the monolithic spectacle of India as a giant colorful circus (or worse, a giant, squalid slum) for a chiaroscuro of hope and grief, and trades worn westernized tropes for depth of character. Grounded in Trasi’s own childhood in Mumbai, this is a graceful, bittersweet novel of tragedy and tradition.”
Publishers Weekly

“[U]nder Trasi’s deft hand a satisfying intersection of the stories emerges, with an emotional tone that resonates after the final page is turned… A skillful tapestry of storytelling with contemporary appeal that will please fans of Thrity Umrigar and women’s fiction.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Trasi’s book is gut-wrenching and timeless. The relentless female characters give representation to millions of voiceless women, and display oceans of resilience and strength.”
Booklist

The Color of Our Sky (9780062474070) by Amita Trasi. $15.99 trade paper original. 4/18/17 on sale.

 

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