A Disobedient Girl

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Penguin Books Limited, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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'Terrific. I read it at a gallop, desperate to discover what had happened. I loved it' MARGARET FORSTER

'She loved fine things, and she had
no doubt that she deserved them . . .'

Young Latha knows she was not meant to be a servant. She was born for better 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 guzzles after a long day. But her life is tied to Thara, the family's spoiled daughter. As they grow up they are bound by love, betrayal, resentment - and an impossible secret.

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

'Latha is a tough heroine; this lends authenticity to a voice that otherwise might have been romanticized. Tensions, both political and personal, ultimately explode in this accomplished novel' Observer

'Rich, involving' Guardian

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

I will start off this review with some information about the author. According to a Guardian.com website book review, the author was raised in an aristocratic Sri Lankan family. Her grasp of the Sri ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2011)

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

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