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Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti’s debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the partition of the Indian subcontinent on the lives of three generations.

The story begins in August 1947. Unrest plagues the streets of New Delhi leading up to the birth of the Muslim majority nation of Pakistan, and the Hindu majority nation of India. Sixteen-year-old Deepa navigates the changing politics of her home, finding solace in messages of intricate origami from her secret boyfriend Amir. Soon Amir flees with his family to Pakistan and a tragedy forces Deepa to leave the subcontinent forever.

The story also begins nearly seven decades later and half a world away, in Atlanta. While grieving both a pregnancy loss and the implosion of her marriage, Deepa’s granddaughter Shan begins the search for her estranged grandmother, a prickly woman who had no interest in knowing her. When she begins to piece together her family history shattered by the Partition, Shan discovers how little she actually knows about her ancestors and what they endured.

For listeners of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins and Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, The Parted Earth follows characters on their search for identity after loss uproots their lives. Above all, it is a novel about families weathering the lasting violence of separation, and how it can often take a lifetime to find unity and peace. Beautifully performed by Audie-nominated Deepti Gupta.

©2021 Anjali Enjeti (P)2021 Novel Audio

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Riveting

This is my favorite type of book. Historical, personal stories, well written. Excellent from all standpoints.

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Beautifully Writtten Engaging Story

The was on the best books I have listened years. The story line was engaging with the author creating characters that you really cared about, and the narration was spectacular.

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Crying

I’m not crying; you’re crying. I don’t think that I can currently convey more accurately what I think about this book. I haven’t cried this much in months. This book rips open emotional wounds, but it is also beautiful and love as well as loss is woven throughout the story.

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excellent in every way

Beautiful writing, beautiful narration. Lovely, tragic, but hopeful story, told in a number of different time periods which underscored the far reaching effects of historical events. Truly excellent.

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Superb narration - fabulous story comes to life!

I've been wanting to read this book for some time, but I'm so glad I listened to it - Deepti Gupta's narration makes Anjali Enjeti's characters come to life with her amazing range of accents from around the world. What a treat to have the Indian, American, German, and British characters come to life!

It's hard to believe this is a debut novel - Enjeti's use of a surprisingly international, yet deep, set of characters amid a multitude of backdrops with gorgeous descriptions makes the story one that will appeal to a wide range of audiences - there's something that everyone will relate to in this story. I felt like I was there, watching what was unfolding and feeling everything the characters felt, tears and all. A truly satisfying read!

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Beautiful and Heartbreaking

This historical fiction about a tragic time in India's history is written and narrated with such tenderness. I came away feeling full and enriched for having known these wonderful characters and how their lives unfolded. The prose is beautiful, and the narration perfection. 10 stars!!

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Absolutely amazing

I knew nothing about the 1947 Partition of India before I heard this book, and I’m blown away by all the suffering and heart ache that took place during and generations after it. This story resonates with me so much with me as it involves politics, family, love, courage, resilience and survival. A wonderful story ! Absolutely loved it ! Thank you 🙏🏻

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wish I had read it on minxle

because this story skips in time and location, it was sometimes hard to follow the action and characters, but this is a beautiful, important saga that everyone should know.

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This is a beautiful story of love and the wounding that loss can inflict

This is a look into the lives of the people who were uprooted by the partition of India/ Pakistan in 1947. Their descendants learn of their cultural history as they try to understand their lives and the unknown history of their parents and grandparents. Struggling with all the pros and cons of 21st century society, they learn the truth about their unknown and difficult families.
This is not an easy, feel good book, but does have my favorite quality: it shows the triumph of the human spirit.