The Sleeping Dictionary

The Sleeping Dictionary

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From an award-winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India--a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.

YOU ASK FOR MY NAME, THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL. IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT.

In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl. As a maidservant in a British boarding school, Pom is renamed Sarah and discovers her gift for languages. Her private dreams almost die when she arrives in Kharagpur and is recruited into a secretive, decadent world. Eventually, she lands in Calcutta, renames herself Kamala, and creates a new life rich in books and friends. But although success and even love seem within reach, she remains trapped by what she is . . . and is not. As India struggles to throw off imperial rule, Kamala uses her hard-won skills--for secrecy, languages, and reading the unspoken gestures of those around her--to fight for her country's freedom and her own happiness.

Author: Sujata Massey
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: 08/20/2013
Pages: 528
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.93lbs
Size: 8.48h x 5.05w x 1.33d
ISBN: 9781476703169

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 07/01/2013 pg. 44
Romantic Times 09/01/2013 pg. 38 - Excellent