Set in 1986, "Can You Hear the Nightbird Call" is narrated by three women - Chaya, Mummy-ji and Shalini - who bend rules to find happiness, and spans eighty years and two continents a world apart. Linking the three women is eighteen-year-old Jasbir, whose entire family was murdered in Delhi the day after Indira Ghandi's assassination. Brought to Canada by Mummy-ji, the young man spends his days wrapped in a blanket of rage, constantly reliving the slaughter. When Jasbir becomes a suspect in a terrible crime, Mummy-ji and seventeen-year-old Shalini, in love with the tortured youth, insist that he was with them and he couldn't possibly be the perpetrator of this horror. Yet Chaya, who has never liked Jasbir, insists that he was not in the house at all that day. Now, trapped together in an apartment in Vancouver, waiting to hear the verdict in Jasbir's trial, each woman narrates her history.
- 01 Jan 2007
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
Badami writes graceful, evocative prose and plays complex variations on her themes. All her chatacters and vibrantly and deftly drawn. Publishers Weekly on TAMARIND WOMAN This book demands to be read straight through Badami's storytelling skills are that good, blending the sights and voices or ordinary people into an extraordinary experience. Washington Post on THE HERO'S WALK A substantial, satisfying read, elegantly written and effortlessly compelling. Independent on THE HERO'S WALK
About Anita Rau Badami
Anita Rau Badami's lives in Montreal with her husband and son. Her first novel, Tamarind Woman, was a Canadian bestseller, and followed to acclaim by The Hero's Walk.