The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

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The redemptive journey of a young woman unsure of her engagement, who revisits in memory the events of one scorching childhood summer when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her home to an Indian village untouched by time, where she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret.
 

About Kamala Nair

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Kamala Nair was born in London and grew up in the United States. A graduate of Wellesley College, she studied literature at Oxford University and received an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She currently lives in New York City, where she has worked at ELLE DECOR.
 
Published June 15, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Scenes in which Rakhee observes her mother’s guilt over betraying her husband reveal the girl’s growing emotional acuity, and Rakhee’s relationship with Tulasi is elegantly turned, conveying a sense of magic that comes with children having a space to share secrets without neglecting the sinister ...

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As a young child in Minnesota, Rakhee senses her mother's unhappiness, and this feeling intensifies after a batch of mysterious letters arrives from India.

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Storytelling is a large theme of the book, and the story makes us question how fairy tales and the stories of our past shape our lives.

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Secrets tumble out at a furious pace, but Nair never loses control of her elegant and surprising narrative.

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They revive her dormant sense of self, and with keen psychological insight into how children perceive their world, Nair shows the therapeutic power of storytelling in helping Rakhee to make sense of the confusing behavior of her mother, of her mother’s family, and finally of the devastating secre...

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