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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.
But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.
Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara's family in the first place.
Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

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India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.
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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.
But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.
Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara's family in the first place.
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      • source: Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of The Golden Son and The Secret Daughter
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        February 13, 2017
        Finely woven threads of friendship, womanhood, and hope sustain Trasi’s striking debut novel. In an upper-caste neighborhood in 1988 Mumbai, eight-year-old Tara and 10-year-old Mukta form an unlikely bond that seeds tumultuous change. Born the daughter of a temple prostitute in the countryside, Mukta serves Tara’s family in return for salvation from the hard, dark life to which she had been consigned. Precocious, bold Tara ignores their differences and wins over grief-stricken Mukta. But after the tragic 1993 bombings in Mumbai forever change Tara and her activist father, Mukta is kidnapped. The girls’ bifurcated story spans 14 years. Tara and her father move to the United States but fail to outrun their grief. Mukta is sold back into the sex trade, where her poetic heart, reality-tempered optimism, and memories of Tara’s friendship sustain her. But Tara returns to face her past and her guilt, and to seek her friend in the sprawl of Mumbai. The novel eschews the monolithic spectacle of India as a giant colorful circus (or worse, a giant, squalid slum) for a chiaroscuro of hope and grief, and trades worn westernized tropes for depth of character. Grounded in Trasi’s own childhood in Mumbai, this is a graceful, bittersweet novel of tragedy and tradition. Agent: Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary.

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        Starred review from February 1, 2017

        This first novel, originally self-published, opens with Tara's memory of the kidnapping of Mukta, a ten-year-old girl her father took into their home during her childhood. It's been 11 years since Mukta's disappearance, and Tara returns to India in order to reconcile her role in this tragedy with her father's abandoned quest to find Mukta. This isn't a thriller or a classic whodunit; it's a story about blended families, the lies and betrayals within those relationships, and the devadasi tradition of temple dancers in India that forces young girls into prostitution. In the hands of a lesser writer, this story would be too massive and complex as both Tara and Mukta shift their narratives between the past and present, but under Trasi's deft hand a satisfying intersection of the stories emerges, with an emotional tone that resonates after the final page is turned. The social issues of contemporary India, including poverty and women's rights, provide a strong backdrop. VERDICT A skillful tapestry of storytelling with contemporary appeal that will please fans of Thrity Umrigar and women's fiction.--Tina Panik, Avon Free P.L., CT

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 1, 2017

        Set in Mumbai, India, this memorable novel is alternately narrated by two girls from different castes who become friends. Tara is from a solid, middle-class, two-parent home and afforded many privileges, while Mukta is the daughter of a sex worker and an absent father. The girls' lives intertwine when Tara's father, who helps orphaned children, brings Mukta home to work as a servant rather than as a temple prostitute. As the book moves back and forth through time, readers learn that Mukta has been kidnapped from her adopted home and Tara feels responsible. Tara returns to India as an adult to try to find Mukta and ease her own guilt. Readers will relate to the bond between the protagonists and sympathize with Mukta's situation. Teens who wish to learn more about the grim reality of life in brothels should also seek out S.J. Laidlaw's Fifteen Lanes. VERDICT Fans of Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves I'm Home and other stories of unlikely friendship will appreciate this eye-opening, beautifully written tale of the dark side of tradition.-Sherry J. Mills Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis

        Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        March 1, 2017
        Trasi was born and raised in Mumbai, India, just like the protagonists of her debut novel. The story, told from alternating points of view, follows Tara and Mukta. When Tara is 8 years old, her father brings home Mukta, 10 years old and from a lower caste, after a trip to his home village. The young girls become playmates and quickly advance to sisters of the heart, but their blissful fate is not guaranteed. Tara's mother is killed in a violent bombing, and Mukta is kidnapped from their home soon after. Drowning in grief, Tara and her father pursue a new life in America. Eleven years later, Tara is determined to find her long-lost sister. She returns to Mumbai and is slapped with the heavy memories of her tumultuous childhood. All signs of Mukta lead to human trafficking, so Tara joins forces with various humanitarian nonprofits to raid Indian brothels. Trasi's book is gut-wrenching and timeless. The relentless female characters give representation to millions of voiceless women, and display oceans of resilience and strength.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

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