Faint Promise of Rain

Faint Promise of Rain

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for WritingIt is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan, and a new Mughal emperor is expanding his territory. On a rare night of rain, a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers. Fearing a bleak future, her father--against his wife and sons' protests--puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: he insists Adhira "marry" the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a bold choice that carries her family's story and their dance to a startling new beginning. Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA :, She Writes Press,, ©2014 .
ISBN: 9781938314971
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUV
Characteristics: 289 pages


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Feb 01, 2017

This story of a Hindu religious dance in the 16th Century could, for most readers, be set in any time period. While there is some history as background to the story and the characters, the book has a timeless quality. The main theme is the self-determination (as opposed to doing what tradition demands a person do) of a young Hindu woman. The book is engagingly written and the story flows smoothly.

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