Faint Promise of Rain

Faint Promise of Rain

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan, and a new Mughal emperor is expanding his territory. In a family of Hindu temple dancers a daughter, Adhira, must carry on her family's sacred tradition. Her father, against his wife and sons' protests, insists Adhira "marry" the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a brave choice that carries her family's story and their dance to a startling new beginning. Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world."--Publisher's web site
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781938314971
1938314972
Characteristics: 289 pages : map ; 22 cm

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GailStarr
Feb 01, 2017

This story of a Hindu religious dance in the 16th Century could, for most readers, be set in any time period. While there is some history as background to the story and the characters, the book has a timeless quality. The main theme is the self-determination (as opposed to doing what tradition demands a person do) of a young Hindu woman. The book is engagingly written and the story flows smoothly.

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