Saturday, July 2, 2011
THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by Kamala Nair
This is a brilliant coming of age story that kept me captivated until the end. Nair is an amazing writer and storyteller. The writing was beautiful, lyrical, poetic, the story poignant, mysterious, and mystical. It has overtones of a fairy tale and mystery, with a hidden garden and a secret girl that lives there.
But Rahkee learns that life is not a fairy tale and there are real adult decisions and secrets behind everything.
I loved Rakhee and seeing things from her point of view. The novel was beautifully descriptive, but not overly so, and made India come alive for me. Nair creates interesting characters; her aunts and uncle, all trying to do what they think is best for the family and it's reputation. The fact that this is her first novel makes it all the more amazing and this is one of the best novels I have read this year. Don't miss out on the fantastic novel. I can't recommend or gush about it enough.
my rating 5/5