A Disobedient Girl: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 21, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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SHE LOVED FINE THINGS, AND SHE HAD NO DOUBT THAT SHE DESERVED THEM. . . .

Young Latha knows that she was not meant to be a servant. She was born for finer things, like the rose-smelling soap she steals from the family she has worked for since she was five, or the glasses of fresh lime juice she helps herself to after a long day. But the hard truth is that her life is tied to Thara, the family’s spoiled daughter, and for the next thirty years they grow up bound by love, betrayal, resentment, and an impossible secret.

Then there is Biso, a devoted mother of three, who risks everything to escape from her tyrannical husband. Though her journey begins with hope, she navigates a disastrous path that ultimately binds her story to Latha and Thara’s in the most unexpected and heartbreaking way.

Set against the volatile backdrop of class and prejudice in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is a bold and deeply moving tale about the will to survive and the incredible power of the human spirit to transcend the unforgiving sweep of tragedy.
 

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User Review  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

Taking a month to concentrate on international authors has exposed me to so many gems. Ru Freeman's A Disobedient Girl is one. The way she tells the story of a young woman who is a servant to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

Skillfully, gently, Freeman brings together the tales of two women that at first seem unrelated until a revelation near the end, which signals the doom of Biso and the powerlessness of Latha who grows ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
PART III
Biso
Latha
Biso

Biso
Latha
Biso
PART II
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Biso
Latha
Acknowledgments
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About the author (2009)

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan writer whose political journalism and fiction has been published internationally. She lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

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