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The Toss of a Lemon
The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan 0151015333 9780151015337
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The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan

The year of the marriage proposal, Sivakami is ten. She is neither tall nor short for her age, but she will not grow much more. Her shoulders are narrow but appear solid, as though the blades are fused to protect her heart from the back. She carries herself with an attractive stiffness: her shoulders straight and always aligned. She looks capable of bearing great burdens, not as though born to yoke but perhaps as though born with a yoke within her.Spanning the lifetime of one woman (18961962),The Toss of a Lemonbrings us intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India weve never before seen. Married at ten, widowed at eighteen, left with two children, Sivakami must wear widows whites, shave her head, and touch no one from dawn to dusk. She is not allowed to remarry, and in the next sixty years shenbsp;ventures outside her family compound only three times. She is extremely orthodox in her behavior except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husbands house and village to raise her children. That decision sets the course of her childrens and grandchildrens lives, twisting their fates in surprising, sometimes heartbreaking ways.Inspired by her grandmothers stories, Padma Viswanathan masterfully brings to life a profoundly exotic yet utterly recognizable family in the midst of social and political upheaval.The Toss of a Lemonis the debut of a major new writer.nbsp

Author: Padma Viswanathan

Language: English

Edition: 1st U.S. Ed

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 640

Publisher: Harcourt

Publication Date: 2008-09-08

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ISBN: 0151015333

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