Homeless Bird

Author(s): Gloria Whelan
Original Publish Date: Apr 28, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100011583
Released: Apr 28, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739386026
Narrator/s: Sarita Choudhury
Publisher: Listening Library
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Gloria Whelan's National Book Award–winning novel, chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen–year–old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time–worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future. Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen–year–old widows in India today, this universally acclaimed bestselling novel, characterized by spare, lyrical language and remarkable detail, transports listeners into the heart of a gripping tale of hope.

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Author(s): Gloria Whelan
Product Number EB00231399
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: #9780061975820

Professional reviews

"At 13, Koly finds that her childhood is over as she enters an arranged marriage that ends almost before it has begun. However, there's no place for young widows in India, no opportunities, no hope. Sarita Choudhury, herself half-Indian and half-English, brings a lovely Indian cadence to her reading of this desperate, but ultimately hopeful, tale. Her first-person narration shines with the resourcefulness of a spirited and intelligent young woman cheated out of her dowry and forced to make her way alone in Vrindavan, the heartless and threatening city of widows. Choudhury's differentiation of characters is subtle but effective: Koly's stiff and condescending mother-in-law; Sass, her impudent yet kind-hearted friend; and the take-charge Maa Kamala, who takes Koly in and starts her on the path to independence and a new life. This National Book Award winner will transport young listeners to another world. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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