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Publisher's Summary

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 10-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.

©2017 Amita Trasi (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fast moving ,gripping ,emotional ,well depicted.

It was a great read I was so touched by the story and the life of both the girls Tara and Mukta was heart ranching I got so involved in the book I felt I was a part of it. I had to finish listening to it and finished it in a day. The book says a lot about the life of a devadasi
in India its awful that girls like Mukta who are so young have to go through life in such misery and pain.I hope the world will change for girls like Mukta and they get educated and this tradition of devdasi is abolished forever.

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A very important book

A sad but compelling read...a story that needs to be told about the modern slave trade where young girls are sold into prositution in slums across India.

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  • DJ
  • 07-24-20

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A completely honest work void of some much of the fantasy that Indians and Westerners gloss over works about India. This is the real India, the reality of the value of human life in that country. Necessary addition to the body of literature. Sad to hear as a Westerner. Almost unbearably sad. But necessary to live as an informed citizen of the world.

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  • 05-17-17

Moving story of 2 girls whose lives are intertwined.

I was touched by the hope and innocence of a girl who lives through nightly horror and abuse. She holds out hope for her 1 true friend, Tara. I listened to it twice! Highly recommend !

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So depressing

I struggled to listen to the horrible life of this poor girl. So very sad. Definitely shines a light on the horrible lives these girls live. Well written but just constantly depressing and you don't finish this book feeling satisfied. You finish feeling sad. Not for me.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed how the narrators has the perfect accents and cadences to make the narration feel authentic and true to the culture the author so artfully portrays.

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beautiful... kindness

touched my heart. love this book... kindness, love of others, and helping others without complaint.

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So well written, and heartbreaking

Please read this, the story is well written, I couldn’t stop listening. It will break your heart, I shed more then a few tears and many times it was just hard to go on but it’s captivating. I enjoyed both of the voices

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An absolutely gem of a book!

This is a must read. It’s one of those books that you just find hard to put down. It revolves around the Indian caste system, human trafficking and an undying friendship (turned into sisterhood). The author leaves you mesmerized, sad and shocked in more ways than one with multiple plot twists that the storyline has to offer. This book is so tragic, yet so hopeful. The title of the book does 100% justice to it.

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Heardworming!

Such a nice story, full of hope and love! Really enjoed it a lot! Thanks to the autor for telling this story. India is the place for me to visit.

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  • Rosie @ 36
  • 04-12-19

A beautiful read.

This is Amita Trasi’s first novel and now I can’t wait for her next one!
A beautifully written story and the narrators were just perfect and for me, that is so important. You get very involved with the lives of these two Indian woman, intertwined and yet so separate and totally different.
The book gives the feel and smells of the streets of Mumbai, the dreadful conditions the lower caste woman can be forced to live in and an insight into how it still continues even today and how little they can do to break out of the life they are born into.
A sensitive and compelling book which I enjoyed very much.

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  • Sigrin
  • 01-28-19

Friendship love and redemption


Beautiful written story of the despicable underbelly of the Indian mafia. Including human trafficking, prostitution, paedophilia and ancient rituals of temple slaves.

Despite these horrific subjects, a gentle story evolves if two girls whose lives are intertwined but neither really knows the truth.

It shows how human resilience and hope can sometimes be enough to keep going when all is crumbling around you. Some of the descriptions of the birds and the sky were so beautifully written it was such a contrast to the hell that Muktar was going through.

This book had some very unpleasant moments, however nothing was written in a grossly shocking way.

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  • Sadie Mills
  • 06-22-22

So beautifully shocking and moving at the same time.

I am bereft that this has come to an end. A beautifully written story, which made me feel connected to the Mukta and Tarah throughout the whole bookThe longing I felt when Tarah was searching all those years was frustrating and I really was with her every step of the way! I cried when they finally were reunited. A harsh reality of what goes on for these women born into this life. Heartbreaking. Would thoroughly recommend this listen to anyone. Great narration.

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  • enda pemberton
  • 06-20-22

A truly wonderful read

Beautifully written, completely believable and utterly compelling.

The narrator did a superb job.

I wanted to finish the book but was bereft when it ended.

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  • Miss Rachael Boswell
  • 06-11-22

wow - brilliant read

it took a while go grip me but when it did I couldn't stop listening

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  • 05-22-22

beautiful connection between the linked stories

a little predictable but lovely just the same, I enjoyed the narration of both characters.

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  • Jeanette
  • 05-10-22

Book to remember

For me a book to remember - it is sad, honest but always hopeful

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  • Rocket
  • 05-04-22

Wasn't quite as good as hoped but still worth it

This is the kind of book I tend to go for and I can't say anything other than that it was good. The narration was certainly excellent and there were some very powerful and difficult to hear moments in it.

Ultimately though, I felt like it didn't quite hit the heights that it was aiming for. I was certainly invested in the characters and stuck with it after at one point pondering returning it and I was glad I did a it felt like the second half improved on the first.

Worth a read? I'd go with a yes!

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  • ANIL JOSHI
  • 04-30-22

The Sleazy world of Prostitution in India

The title of my review says it all, but the title of the book is deciding. The story is of two girls from different worlds, caste differences, and the people that run brothels. Very interesting and eye opening book about the life of the two main characters in the story. Can be upsetting when reading about brothel life.

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  • Emmy Mercan
  • 03-20-22

a roller coaster of emotions

captivated in a story of emotion. loss, love, injustice, despair and cruelty, captured in this sad story of the under priviliged working girls of India. Narrated beautifully whereby you are immersed into the characters and their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-22

Beautiful Book

worth a listen....

the narration of mukta was a bit annoying as the woman couldnt make up her mind about what her accent should be and many hindi words were mispronounced.

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  • 08-05-21

Color of our sky

A wonderful story of hope and forgiveness…..well written and spoken, five stars …..for this novel.

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  • Eleni
  • 08-21-20

Engaging from the first paragraph

A really good story and very well narrated.
Infect the duration is the best thing about this book.
I did find one of the main characters very annoying though... I think the story was a bit loose around this main female character, her family and their actions. But it was still a really good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-20

Brilliant

Such a moving story. Will bring you to tears and back. You will not be disappointed in listening to this one.