The Color of Our Sky

The Color of Our Sky

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice--a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world--one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.

Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta--and why she came to live with Tara's family in the first place.

Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship--a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062474070
Branch Call Number: TRA
Characteristics: 401 pages


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Nov 13, 2017

A compelling novel. The saddest part is that this is most likely still occurring to this day. Should be a must read for all of the politicians in D.C.!!

Jul 01, 2017

A moving story of two girls in relatively modern day India.
A story of hope, survival, love, hardship, family, forgiveness and redemption, well worth reading.
It's sad to think of what so many women and girls worldwide endure to this day. Here is a small glimpse into their world.

May 03, 2017

Nice debut novel. Definitely reminds you of Shilpi Gowda or Khaled Hosseini's writing. Very poetic too.
"Silence crept into our lives, allowing us to keep our nightmares and our thoughts to ourselves. We simply carried on, pretending it had never happened."

"Shame rose in me like a violent storm."

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Jul 07, 2017

misty2006 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 52


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