By Shobhan Bantwal
Set within the sensual richness of India, Shobhan Bantwal's gripping new novel asks: the place can a lady flip whilst her life's maximum blessing is visible as a curse? it is a lady! for many younger undefined, information in their unborn kid's gender brings cheerful anticipation. now not so for Isha Tilak and her husband, Nikhil. They have already got a liked daughter, yet Nikhil's mom and dad, hard-wired to desire male childrens specifically, coldly reject little Priya at each flip. useless and egocentric, they see lady grandchildren as burdens, and may simply as quickly by no means meet the single turning out to be in Isha's abdominal. Even the obstetrician has the same opinion, going as far as to indicate the unthinkable, throwing Nikhil right into a rage-and altering Isha's existence perpetually . . . while Nikhil is found brutally murdered, Isha is confident it had whatever to do together with his response to the doctor's hideous "solution" to their challenge. by myself, grief-stricken, and relentlessly oppressed by way of in-laws who think her child is a foul omen, Isha units out on her personal. Born right into a privileged type, Isha does not understand the very first thing approximately fending for herself, yet to guard her invaluable daughters, she is going to research. and he or she will hang to the desire given to her through an odd previous mystic: that her child will arrive at the auspicious evening of Kojagari Purnima, the total harvest moon, and be a present from Lakshmi, the goddess of health and wellbeing. Isha and her women will want all of the advantages they could get, for the best risk of all lies forward . . . compliment for Shobhan Bantwal and The Dowry Bride "Splendidly depicts ardour, brutality, and cultures in conflict". -Dorothy Garlock "Vivid, wealthy . . . expertly portrays a tender lady stuck among love and responsibility, wish and despair". -Anjali Banerjee
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