This literary fiction novel tells the unusual story of Shruti, whose father left and whose mother doesn’t speak English and is manipulated and controlled by the family elder to remarry. Shruti is bullied at school and feels a total misfit until new girl Meena arrives, giving her hope she can finally have a friend, but things do not go how Shruti hopes and Meena’s influence on her life will leave indelible marks.
The first half of this novel won’t stretch your imagination too much and seems plausible as Shruti struggles to stay with a parent who is at best weak willed. The dynamics of South Asian families and the sense of not belonging anywhere Shruti feels is well written.
The second part of this novel will tax your levels of plausibility but despite that I found it impossible to stop reading and was totally absorbed with finding out what happens to this unfortunate character.
Written very much in the vernacular of Shruti and solely from her point of view, this story about a girl who is starved for love and somewhere to belong stayed with me after I finished the book. This title will be released on 3rd March 2016.