Monday, September 14, 2009

Book Spotlight: A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman

Today is my tour date for the book tour for A Disobedient Girl. Unfortunately, life got in the way...So, today will be a book spotlight post, and my review will be up in a few days.

Book Info:
A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria (July 21, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9781439101957
Genre: Multi-Cultural Fiction

Set against the volatile events of the last forty years of Sri Lankan history, A Disobedient Girl traces the lives of three characters whose interwoven fates and histories force them to answer life’s most difficult questions. Beautiful, haunting, alive, and brimming with truth, it is, above all, a novel about extraordinary circumstances that change life in an instant and the power of love to transcend time and place.

The story begins with two little girls, mistress and servant, one with every luxury and opportunity that money can buy and the other with nothing but her yearning for a better life. Together, they grow up bound by love, betrayal, resentment, and an impossible secret.

Then there is Biso, a devoted mother of three, who risks everything to escape from the hands of her tyrannical husband. But her journey, which begins with such hope, takes her on a disastrous path that ultimately leads her to give her life over to strangers she never imagined she would have reason to know, binding her story with that of the girls in the most unexpected and heartbreaking of ways.

A Disobedient Girl is a compelling exploration of personal desire set against the volatile backdrop of class and prejudice, as three women journey toward their future, united by a shared history but separated by different fates. A bold and deeply moving account that spans three decades of love and loss, it is a tale about the will to survive and the incredible power of the human spirit to transcend the unforgiving sweep of tragedy.

About the Author:

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan writer whose political journalism and fiction has been published internationally. She lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Her debut novel, A Disobedient Girl, will also be published in Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Hebrew. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

Visit Ru Freeman’s website HERE.


Mystica said...

I am a reader from Sri Lanka and I am so disturbed that I have never heard of this author. Will visit her site to know more about her. I am now going to look for this book if I can get my hands on it.


Literary Feline said...

I am reading this one right now for the tour. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it when you post your review, Melissa!

Anonymous said...

Hey Melissa! I totally understand about life getting in the way. I am the Poster Child for that situation at the moment!! Let me know when you've got your review up so I can be sure to include the link on the TLC website.


Melissa said...

I will, Lisa, thanks!

Zibilee said...

I am so excited to read this book, and I have heard great things about it. I will be excited to see you review.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Great review. This book was good, but not a favorite for me.