It is 1554. On a rare night of rain in the desert of Rajasthan, India, a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers just as a new Mughal emperor takes the throne.
Fearing a bleak future, her father puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: He insists Adhira "marry" the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a bold choice that carries her family's story and their dance to a startling new beginning.
Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights, and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world.
Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing
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Anjali Mitter Duva’s Faint Promise of Rain evokes the entrancing world of a 16th century Rajasthani family's deep commitment to ritual Hindu dance, customs, and spirituality in a changing world of political upheaval. Love, passion, duty, sacrifice and suffering all find thematic places in the interwoven lives of the omniscient narrator’s family members. The lightest touch of magical realism makes this faraway place and time even more enchanting. From blinding desert heat and brilliant color to the cool interior secrets of each character’s inner world, Mitter Duva beautifully renders images of dance and music. A truly fine debut novel. Extra special treat- wonderful narration of the audiobook by Meetu Chilana.
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