This is one of those novels that envelops the reader from the opening pages. Manicka weaves a narrative of a young girl from Ceylon, Lakshmi, who travels to Malaysia just prior to World War II, for an arranged marriage. Her story, how she was misled into marriage, her children, and her fight to make a better life for them, is a marvelous tapestry of the exotic and female resilience and determination.
Manicka presents the story through the various characters – Lakshmi, her best friend, her husband and her children – each narrating different chapters. It flows well and the author did a wonderful job developing the characters and giving the reader a sense of time and place. I loved this novel and am grateful to all my Goodreads friends for recommending it!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2004