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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 034546494X
ISBN-13: 9780345464941
Sku: 33940765
Publish Date: 2/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
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I called my mother every Sunday from the silence of my basement apartment, reluctant to tell her how I yearned to get away from this freezing cold city where even the traffic sounds were muffled by the snow. (from the first line)
Set in the exotic railway colonies of India, this bestselling Canadian novel tells a story of the ties of love and resentment that bind a mother and daughter.
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Growing up in India, Kamini often found herself struggling to be noticed: noticed by her beloved, storytelling father, whose position as a railway officer took him away from home for long stretches of time; and noticed by her distant, distracted mother, Saroja, whose biting remarks earned her the nickname Tamarind Woman—and whose frequent disappearances while her husband was away led to whispers of dalliances and affairs.

Now Kamini is grown, living in Canada in a sort of self-imposed exile from her eccentric family and all the turmoil they represent. After her father’s death, her mother embarks upon a solo journey across India by train— because what is the use of a lifetime railway pass if she doesn’t use it? The trip brings the past rushing back for Saroja and Kamini—as both are forced to confront their dreams, disappointments, and long-guarded secrets.Growing up in India, Kamini often found herself struggling to be noticed: noticed by her beloved, storytelling father, whose position as a railway officer took him away from home for long stretches of time; and noticed by her distant, distracted mother, Saroja, whose biting remarks earned her the nickname Tamarind Woman?and whose frequent disappearances while her husband was away led to whispers of dalliances and affairs.

Now Kamini is grown, living in Canada in a sort of self-imposed exile from her eccentric family and all the turmoil they represent. After her father?s death, her mother embarks upon a solo journey across India by train? because what is the use of a lifetime railway pass if she doesn?t use it? The trip brings the past rushing back for Saroja and Kamini?as both are forced to confront their dreams, disappointments, and long-guarded secrets.Kamini makes her way in a self-imposed exile far from her native home in India, while her hard-spoken widowed mother, Saroja, embarks on a solo journey by train across India, a trip that brings the past rushing back for both women. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
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An Indian woman living in Canada recalls her turbulent childhood, which included her parents' unhappy marriage and her father's death. Her mother, still in India, then takes over the story and gives her version of events.

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"Beautifully composed, but a journey into the past more notable for the travel than the destination." 12/15/2001

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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