She Writes Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
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It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan, and a new Mughal
emperor is expanding his territory. On a rare night of rain,
a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple
dancers. Fearing a bleak future, her father—against his wife
and sons’ protests—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.
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