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The Color of Our Sky

By: Amita Trasi
Narrated by: Zehra Jane Nacqvi, Sneha Mathan
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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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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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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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Absolutely beautiful

Wow! What a beautiful bittersweet story. It was hard to hear about the horrific and desolate world inhabited by trafficked women and girls, the poverty, discrimination and belief systems that leave them vulnerable and unsupported.
I was rooting for the main character throughout the book.
The narration was very good, really brought the characters to life.

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brilliant

the story was well written, the narrative was excellent. Heart breaking and heart warming, a good listen.

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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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Very moving story

A very sad journey of 2 girls and gladly a very happy outcome. Emotional

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Schmaltzy at the end Could’ve done with more grit.

Good reader, nice story, but could do with a bit more realism. But overall I really enjoyed it.

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Beautifully written and told

The thread of the story was clear and interesting; the context drew me in and kept me gripped.

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That this may be fiction but it is happening to girls today in India and their plight is the same,

It was unsettling and upsetting because it’s so real. Beautifully told and narrated. I’m glad it has a happy ending

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captivating

Loved it! Couldn't stop listening, a little predictable but thought provoking and interesting. Would love to read more from the same author.

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