THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by Kamala Nair
Publisher Grand Central/Hachette, June 15, 2011
At once a powerful family saga and compelling personal odyssey, Kamala
Nair’s debut novel tells the story of a haunted young woman who, in an
effort to seek clarity about her impending marriage, confronts one fateful
summer from her childhood.
When Rakhee Singh is just ten-years-old, her world is shaken irrevocably
when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her father and
their Minnesota home to visit her ancestral estate in an Indian village
untouched by the centuries. It is there that Rakhee meets her enigmatic
relatives for the first time, seeks adventure with her three cousins, and
learns the devastating truth about why her mother fled the childhood home
she loved. During the course of that scorching summer, Rakhee will discover
in the mysterious jungle behind the house, a walled-up garden holding a
terrifying secret. It is a secret that will expose long-hidden family
skeletons and forever influence her beliefs about fidelity and love.
Kamala Nair brings enormous powers of description to her first novel,
infusing scenes with potent emotional depth. Lush and sensual, THE GIRL IN
THE GARDEN is a dark, grown-up fairy tale that will enchant and resonate
long after the last page has been read.
"Lush and mysterious, The Girl in the Garden casts its spell from the
first page. Kamala Nair weaves an intricate tale of family bonds, buried
secrets, and the pain that comes when we must leave the innocence of
childhood behind. This is a deeply satisfying novel."
--Kelly O'Conner McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May
“Kamala Nair has crafted an evocative, passionate, tragic novel about love,
loss, and the terrible cost of family secrets. An impressive debut.”
--Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us