The Color of Our Sky (2017) by Amita Trasi represents a brutal reality that still exists.
The novel shocks due to the sadness that both characters live. Both Mukta and Tara have to learn to deal with loss, and even though Tara had a far better chance of recovery, neither can go over the trauma.
Mainly because trauma is trauma, and without help, no one can overcome events that negatively mark our lives. And no one can overcome a traumatic event without closure.
The Color of Our Sky is a book about damage but also closure. It’s also about the importance of not letting go, of trying to get some end to your personal history.
To me, that’s the most significant merit of the book. Trasi writes a novel that goes against the flow of thinking that letting go is the only thing you can do. Letting go is essential, but far more critical is learning when to abandon and when to keep nurturing.
Some key moments in life deserve your attention, doesn’t matter how hurtful they are. Some things happen and mark you, and to clean the stain, you have to see the history through the end; otherwise, you won’t be able to let go and will always keep living in the past.
Tara and Mukta teach us that in different ways. Personally, it is impressive how the voices of the characters so human and honest.
Amita Trasi creates a sad history that fulls the reader of hope. The book is also a thriller that makes you want to turn the pages faster and faster.
The Color of Our Sky is a great book! I recommend the read to everyone, especially to everyone who thinks that letting go is always the correct answer.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR!
In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice–a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.
India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world–one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.
But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta’s abduction.
Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta–and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place.
Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship–a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.
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