Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna

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Tiger Hills is a page-turner, thanks to the tried-and-true plot structure (with the exception of a truly baffling ending). Unfortunately, character development is negligible, preventing the protagonists from rising above soap-opera stereotypes.
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As the first girl to be born into the Nachimanda family in over thirty-five years, the beautiful Devi is the object of adoration of her entire family. Spirited and strong-willed, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. Together they grow up amidst the luscious jungles, rolling hills, and coffee plantations of Coorg in Southern India; cocooned by an extended family whose roots to this beautiful land can be traced for centuries. Their futures seem inevitably linked, but everything changes when, one night, they attend a "tiger wedding." It is there that Devi gets her first glimpse of Machu, the celebrated tiger killer and a hunter of great repute. Although she is still a child and Machu is a man, Devi vows to marry him one day. It is this love that will gradually drive a wedge between Devi and Devanna, sowing the seed of a devastating tragedy that will change the fate of all three --- an event that has unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for generations to come.

Told in rich, lyrical prose and set against the background of a changing society, TIGER HILLS is a sweeping saga about one woman's determination to live life on her own terms --- and a riveting novel about the choices we make in the name of family, nation, and love.

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About Sarita Mandanna

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Sarita Mandanna was born in Coorg, India and worked in Hong Kong before moving to the US. She is a private equity professional now based in New York City and she holds an MBA from Wharton and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management. TIGER HILLS is her first novel.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Pintail. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Emily Landau on May 20 2011

Tiger Hills is a page-turner, thanks to the tried-and-true plot structure (with the exception of a truly baffling ending). Unfortunately, character development is negligible, preventing the protagonists from rising above soap-opera stereotypes.

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