by Manil Suri - £8.99 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747596394 | ISBN 10: 0747596395
India, 1955. As the scars of Partition are beginning to heal, seventeen-year-old Meera sits enraptured: in the spotlight is Dev, singing a song so infused with passion that it arouses in her the first flush of erotic longing.
But when Meera's reverie comes true, it does not lead to the fairy-tale marriage she imagined. Meera has no choice but to obey her in-laws, tolerate Dev's drunken night-time fumblings, even observe the most arduous of Hindu fasts for his longevity. A move to Bombay seems at first like a fresh start, but soon that dream turns to ashes. It is only when their son is born that things change and Meera is ready to unleash the passion she has suppressed for so long.
"Suri reveals an immense humanity, and tenderness for women making their way in the world of men. Drawn by this compelling narrative, I read this marvellous book in one sitting."
"The Age of Shiva takes the raw, bright colours of the real India and softens them with a tender humanity borrowed from the mythology of a more ancient past."
(Independent on Sunday)
(Price & availability last checked: September 2018)
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