Northern New Jersey Chapter Event
Northern NJ Chapter Event: Book Discussion "The Storyteller's Secret"Monday, September 21, 2020, 5‑6pm EDT
Location: via ZOOM
Restricted to members only
Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Contact: Gwynne McConkey
The Storyteller's Secret: A Novel
Author: Sejal Badani
Publisher/Imprint: Lake Union Publishing
Published in 2018, it may be available in libraries, and is reasonably priced as a paperback or kindle edition on Amazon.
Joan Prince will be facilitating our discussion.
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
This stimulating novel reads like a true-to-life story, and no wonder, for in an interview, Sejal Badani has disclosed that the narrative is based on her grandmother’s life in British India. The descriptions of the lives of both common villagers and the well-off are informative. The insights into the local customs and traditions might be an eye-opener even for those familiar with Indians’ time-honored ways. The novel covers the intriguing aspect of a young girl moving away to live in her husband’s home upon her marriage, rarely to return. Furthermore, the young bride is subject to her mother-in-law’s whims and treated much like a servant. The mistreatment of the Dalit caste and the tumultuous relationships between the British rulers and the Indians are well presented.
Please register by September 20.
We will send the ZOOM information the day before.