Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: August 14, 2018
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Saga | Women's Fiction
A richly imagined debut set against the backdrop of
India, London, and Hollywood that tells the story of a young
boy, suddenly orphaned, and the adults around him, each of
whom is also looking for a home in the world
Kerala, 1993: Eight-year-old Birendra suddenly loses his
mother, but he refuses to believe he's an orphan. He's
certain that his mother's twin sister, the troubled but
winning Nayana, will come for him all the way from West
London. But when the letter informing Nayana of her sister's
death goes missing, numerous lives are forever altered, and
Birendra is set adrift.
Madeline, a Los Angeles native and interior designer to the
stars, is floundering in her personal life. In the aftermath
of a failed attempt to get pregnant, she flies to India
where she finds herself face-to-face with Birendra. In a
moment of sudden certainty, she decides she must adopt the
boy in order to save them both.
As Nayana falls deeper into crisis at work and in her
marriage in London, Birendra learns to make himself at home
in Los Angeles, forging an especially close bond with
Madeline's younger brother, Edward, who begins to worry that
his sister may have met her match in motherhood. When he
learns of his adopted nephew's family in London, Edward is
faced with an impossible choice. If he can find Nayana and
reunite her with her nephew, should he? Even if in doing so
he would risk unwittingly setting the two women who love the
boy most against each other?
Written in stirring prose, and infused with keen emotional
insight, Bindi is about our search for family and for
home, and an exploration of the ways that loss and longing
can be converted into hope, connection, and love.
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