By Mary Finn
Set in colonial India, this richly layered coming-of-age story follows a lively younger artist on a trip up the Ganges — and during the enigmas of her past.
How can Anila Tandy, left to fend for herself after her mother's loss of life, dare to use for a role that's truly no longer intended for a lady? yet in some way the "Bird lady of Calcutta," paintings provides in hand, unearths herself on an eye-opening trip up the Ganges, apprenticed to a gentleman scientist. because the lush panorama slips by means of, Anila dives into her earlier — a prior the place her attractive Bengali mom nonetheless tells tales and her Irish father's mysterious disappearance lingers. Gorgeously written and wealthy with surroundings, Mary Finn's debut novel tells the tale of a made up our minds younger artist who needs to make her means within the harmful global of late-eighteenth-century India.
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