The Moonlit Cage by Linda Holeman
A Novel

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Daryâ’s simple life in mid-nineteenth-century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village. She looks to her arranged marriage to the son of a nomadic tribal chief with hope that it will deliver her from this oppression; instead, Daryâ finds herself regularly beaten by her wrathful husband, and more isolated than she can bear. Seeing no choice other than to flee from her torment, Daryâ barely escapes through the foothills of the Hindu Kush.

Destitute and alone, Daryâ meets David Ingram, an enigmatic Englishman traveling in Afghanistan. Although he is a complete stranger, she joins him on his journey to Bombay—and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Ranging from the arid Afghan plains to the lush tropical villas of India, across mighty seas to Victorian London’s fetid streets, The Moonlit Cage is an intense and sensuous story of love, loss, and redemption.

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About Linda Holeman

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LINDA HOLEMAN has been a writer-in-residence, editor, and teacher of creative writing. The author of The Linnet Bird, she lives in Winnipeg, Canada. You can find out more about her at the Trade Paperback edition.
Published January 16, 2009 by Crown. 498 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The best sections here are in these potently detailed early chapters, succeeded by Daryâ’s escape from Shaliq, passage to India (Bombay) accompanied by mild-mannered Englishman David Ingram, who, for reasons of his own, cannot be the man she desires and needs, and thence—as the traveling companio...

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Marie Claire

Her fictional life story, which admittedly contains a fair share of religious oppression and territorial conflict, takes us from her small village to a tribe of nomads in Afghanistan, until she escapes to India, and finally to London, where we experience the reaction of polite Western society to ...

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