On Sale: September 12, 2006
Featuring: Sam Hawthorne; Mila
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Set in India during four searing pre-monsoon days in May
1942, The Splendor of Silence is internationally
bestselling author Indu Sundaresan's most unforgettable
accomplishment yet, merging her Indian and American
backgrounds into a heartrending tale of love and clashing
cultures in a time of war.
Sam Hawthorne, a twenty-five-year-old U.S. Army captain,
arrives at the princely state of Rudrakot in search of his
missing brother, Mike, carrying with him wounds from combat
in Burma and several secrets. But Sam's mission is soon
threatened by the unlikeliest of sources -- he falls
hopelessly in love with Mila, daughter of the local
political agent. Mila, unexpectedly attracted to Sam,
nurtures a secret of her own and finds herself torn between
loyalty to her family and Sam.
The Splendor of Silence opens twenty-one years later
with Olivia, Sam's daughter, receiving a trunk of treasures
from India, along with a letter from an unknown narrator
that finally fills all the silences of her childhood --
telling her the story of her parents' passionate and
enduring love for each other that throws them in the path of
racial prejudice, nationalist intrigue, and the explosive
circumstances of a country and a society on the brink of
independence from British rule.
Sweeping and poignant, reminiscent of Paul Scott's Raj
Quartet novels, The Splendor of Silence will draw
a host of devoted new fans to this hugely gifted storyteller.
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