|A mysterious package propels a young Scottish widow on a journey that takes her around the world. On her perilous quest, she discovers unsuspected truths about the brother she thought had died, in this luminous and accomplished debut novel.|
From the Publisher:
Catherine MacDonald is astonished to receive from her twin brother--who had apparently drowned a year earlier in the monsoon floods of 1821--a kashmiri shawl, a caddy of unusual tea, and a sheaf of traditional bagpipe music in his handwriting. When had he sent it? And why had he retitled a certain tune "Not Yet Drown'd"? Irresistibly, she is drawn to India to search for answers. With her stepdaughter and their two maids--one an enigmatic Hindu, the other a runaway American slave--she follows an obscure trail of tea, opium, and bagpipe music, discovering unsuspected truths about the man she is seeking. Reading group guide included. Receiving a gift from her believed-dead twin brother in 1822, Catherine MacDonald travels to India with her stepdaughter and maids in search of answers, a quest that takes her along an obscure trail of tea, opium, and artistic works. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.