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The Daughters of Madurai (Hardback)Rajasree Variyar (author)
A young mother in a poor family, Janani is told she is useless if she can't produce a son - or worse, bears daughters. They let her keep her first baby girl, but the rest are taken away as soon as they are born - murdered before they have a chance to live. The fate of her children has never been in her hands. But Janani can't forget the daughters she was never allowed to love.
Sydney, 2019. Nila has a secret, one she's been keeping from her parents for far too long. Before she can say anything, her grandfather in India falls ill and she agrees to join her parents on a trip to Madurai - the first in over ten years.
Growing up in Australia, Nila knows very little about where she or her family came from, or who they left behind. What she's about to learn will change her forever.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 36 mm
'A captivating and riveting debut from an unforgettable new voice.' - Louise O'Neill
'A haunting, powerful novel.' - Thrity Umrigar
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“Heart wrenching, yet wonderful read!”
A wonderful, heart wrenching read about a very emotive subject.
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This has been one of those books that I simply haven’t been able to put down. It felt like Madurai and the villages, the everyday life, the food, the clothes, everything came alive on the pages. My heart has broken... More
“A breathtaking debut”
A powerful debut that looks at how traditional Indian societies favoured the birth of boys over girls and what the darker side of this can look like. The author parallels two characters (Nila and Janani) who echo... More
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