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Published by Bloomhill Books on June 24, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Asian American, General
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A sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends—one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her—two girls whose lives converge only to change one fateful night in 1993. India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult of temple prostitutes has come of age to fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute. In an attempt to escape this legacy that binds her, Mukta is transported to a foster family in Bombay. There she discovers a friend in the high spirited eight-year-old Tara, the tomboyish daughter of the family, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to a different world—ice cream and sweets, poems and stories, and a friendship the likes of which she has never experienced before. In 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s room. Eleven years later, Tara who blames herself for what happened, embarks on an emotional journey to search for the kidnapped Mukta only to uncover long buried secrets in her own family. Moving from a remote village in India to the bustling metropolis of Bombay, to Los Angeles and back again, amidst the brutal world of human trafficking, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and redemption—which ultimately withstands the true test of time.
Young Tara’s father is a saver. He works with multiple agencies in India finding homes for disadvantaged children. Mukta is the child of a temple prostitute and has also been promised as a follower. Tara’s father rescues Mukta and a deep friendship between the two girls begins. Five years later Mukta is kidnaped from Tara’s bedroom; feeling responsible Tara never forgets Mukta. As an adult Tara travel’s back to her childhood home to search for her long lost friend. The journey will take her through her family secrets and on a path she could not have imagined.
Oh you guys…this book. It was amazing. Superbly written; I could smell the flowers and hear the torrent of noise in the marketplace. The world created by Amita Trasi is superbly real and rich. The characters were painted in such vivid strokes, it was as if they were speaking in my head. Now this is in no way a happy book, it describes human trafficking and child sex workers. It is a brutal book that screams to be read. This book was a marked difference from Hooked (see review here) which almost made light of sex work. The Color of Our Sky is a portrait of how women are used as currency and about ingrained traditions that perpetuate violence against women as normal. This is one of those books that once you read it, you will never forget it.
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