An Unrestored Woman

An Unrestored Woman

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A collection of intense tales of turmoil and tragedy that explores the reverberations of Partition through generations, from a mapmaker's gamble to a grandfather who cannot speak of what he escaped as a young boy.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Flatiron Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250073822
1250073820
Branch Call Number: FICTION RAO 2016
Characteristics: xii, 244 pages ; 22 cm

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In 1947, a Partition separated Pakistan from India. This collection of stories brings perspective to the individual lives that were damaged by the event.


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Michael Colford May 18, 2016

Shobha Rao has created a powerful and elegant collection of short stories around the separation of India and Pakistan in 1947. While the stories take place all around the world, the characters in this story are all experiencing the effects of the uprooting and displacement of families. Women in particular face a rough ride during this time and in this culture, but Rao spares no one in this hard-hitting, yet thoughtful collection that explores race, class, religion, sexuality, and love during a tumultuous time.

An Unrestored Woman heralds the debut of a talented writer. Each short story is like a drop of water in the desert, leaving a parched throat aching for more. I can't wait to see what Rao does with a full-length novel.

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