Someone Else’s Garden
A big, intensely involving and evocative Indian novel, perfect for fans of Vikas Swarup’s Slumdog Millioniare, with its emotive and, ultimately, redemptive story.
‘Will she recall that night? Or is it one of those too horrible times that her brain, taking pity on her soul, will choose to wipe out the memory? When she realizes what happened, she will recall it as the night she did her duty for her family, with no sense of shame or lingering fear. She will be matter-of-fact about it, resigned and, therefore, resilient.’
Mamta, born low-caste and female in rural India against a backdrop of poverty and prejudice, is destined to be some man’s property. Her father says that bringing her up is only ‘tending someone else’s garden’ until a husband is found for her. Eventually saved from becoming one of the nameless and faceless millions of rejected humanity, Mamt survives but at a terrible cost.
Lyrically told, this powerful story of a woman’s struggle to find acceptance compels us to question: Is life random? Or do we have a destiny?
”'A riveting page-turner that fills the reader with rage and despair and yet, somehow, against all the odds, finds the end a message of love and hope.” - Daily Mail