Garden of Dreams
When Eli de Villiers, a boy from a fractured family in Cape Town, goes to India with his mother, an astonishing adventure awaits him. He is kidnapped and lands in a brothel in Delhi, at the mercy of the diabolical madam and child trafficker, Auntie Lakshmi. Eli escapes with other children, fleeing through India's fantastical landscapes towards Nepal - Eli to find his father, the others to return home. In hot pursuit are Lakshmi's henchmen, as well as her nemesis, the irrepressible Inspector V.J. Gupta. A band of Maoist rebels, enlisted by Eli's father to help find his son, follows their trail. In this evocative coming-of-age saga, a boy's quest to reunite his family collides with the bittersweet realisation that he cannot remain in the garden of dreams forever, and that a broader, bolder life is impossible without accepting the world as an imperfect place.
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- 14 Jun 2003
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Melissa Siebert
An award-winning journalist, American-born Melissa Siebert has covered a vast mix of stories in South Africa and abroad. She's been based in Cape Town for most of the last twenty-five years, working for various local publications; co-running Ubuntu Productions, a documentary company; and co-directing the Media Peace Centre, an NGO that develops media projects to help manage and transform conflict. She has also taught journalism at UCT and writing at Harvard. Garden of Dreams is her first novel.