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Faint Promise of Rain: A Novel by [Duva, Anjali Mitter]
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Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan. On a rare night of rain, a daughter is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers just as India’s new Mughal Emperor Akbar sets his sights on their home, the fortress city of Jaisalmer, and the other Princely States around it.

Fearing a bleak future, Adhira’s father, the temple’s dance master—against his wife and sons’ protests—puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: he insists that Adhira is destined to “marry” the temple’s deity and to give herself to a wealthy patron. Thus she must live in submission as a woman revered and reviled. But Adhira’s father may not have the last word. Adhira grows into an exquisite dancer, and after one terrible evening she must make a choice—one that will carry her family’s story and their dance to a startling new beginning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2463 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (7 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NE4HPBQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Dks TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 January 2017
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In the mid 1500's desert of Rajasthan, on a rare night of rain, a daughter is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers just as India’s new Mughal Emperor Akbar sets his sights on their home, the fortress city of Jaisalmer, and the other Princely States around it. 

The novel is essentially a drama about dance and a drama about family.  To read this book is to focus on character development and charm.  It is far from fast moving but is a credible addition to cultural drama.  Four Stars.
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Beautiful, intriguing and so foreign as to be almost magical. The devadasi are fascinating.
This is a spectacular debut from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the first pages, the reader is transported back ... 8 October 2014
By Jennifer G. Dupee - Published on Amazon.com
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From the first pages, the reader is transported back in time to a changing world - 16th centruty India. Though the history may be unfamiliar to many, the novel is so filled with sensory images that we cannot help but be swept up in it - our nostrils flare with the scents of the spice market; our skin tingles as we fill the drops of the first rain in months; our mouths taste the dust and heat of the desert; and we dance along with Adhira as she and her family navigate the complex and changing physical and emotional landscape. Trully a fascinating read; both heartbreaking and uplifting; gripping from beginning to end.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, gorgeous tale -- a must read! 7 October 2014
By Crystal K. - Published on Amazon.com
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The world of 16th century India was admittedly foreign to me before I read Duva's gorgeous novel. That mattered little, however, because she's a master of drawing the reader into the world of her characters, the dance, and the changing area near the citadel of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. I can still picture the places--the temple, the modest home in which Adhira grows up, the desert camps, the market and citadel.

The novel and everything that happens within it center around Adhira, a mystical child who was born into a family of Hindu temple dancers, called devadasi. Ahdira embodies the dance and what it represents, but is also subject to the hard lessons of being tied to a wealthy patron. The book transcends the story of the temple, wrapping the reader in a story of family and how, just as with families today, the relationships between family members are sometimes tenuous, complex and fraught with both love and drama.

It's rare when I read a book that makes me care so deeply about so many characters. Faint Promise of Rain does that for me in spades. I felt Girija's worry and pain, Gandar's blind devotion and the folly of his choices, Hari Dev's struggle and his kind heart, Padmini's sadness and Mahendra's desire and disillusionment. I felt anger when bad things happened to the family, and deep conflict when they acted in ways that only hurt themselves. I wanted them to be loved, to succeed, to be happy. And Ahdira! I felt her magic weaving through me with every word.

These are characters I will remember and think about for many years to come. Duva's debut novel speaks volumes about her talent. I can't wait to read her next book!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Debut 24 November 2014
By S. Runge - Published on Amazon.com
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Though many would (and have) used the adjective "exotic," about this novel, Duva gives the landscape and story, distant in time and place, an immediacy and energy that many novels set in contemporary America lack. Adhira is an interesting character; born during a rare rainstorm in a desert, she seems to be strength personified, even as a young girl. As her family disintegrates, owing to the brutally necessary silences that surround their precarious existence as temple dancers, she focuses on dance, and her skills give her sufficient space to survive in a difficult and changing world. Her brother, Hari Dev, is the most compelling character in the story. Suffering from a bad leg and a preternaturally agile mind--perhaps a little on the spectrum--, he is the one character who manages successfully to exert some control over his life and fate. From time to time the narrative choice (a kind of first-person omniscient) is a little confusing. (Perhaps Hari Dev's character is so compelling that one expects him to provide the voice.) At any rate, that's a minor flaw in an otherwise thoroughly engaging novel that confronts difficult truths with all senses.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars means I’m satisfied on an intellectual 22 November 2014
By Peggy M. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of my favorites for 2014. Which, for me, means I’m satisfied on an intellectual, literary and emotional level. With “The Faint Promise of Rain,” the intellectual fulfillment came first and the rest followed.
My initial “dutiful” approach (this was a book club “assignment”) quickly developed into a surprisingly intense interest in a time period and society that were totally foreign to me. By about a third of the way through, I discovered that I had become emotionally invested in the characters and their ultimate fates. With its ever-deeper and more complex themes seamlessly introduced as the plot progressed, this is the kind of thought-provoking book that stays with you well after the last page is turned.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey not to miss 12 October 2014
By Bandita Joarder - Published on Amazon.com
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As soon as I opened the book, I was drawn in. I was an invisible person in the deserts of Rajasthan experiencing what was happening as I read through the pages. That is how vivid the storytelling is of Anjali Mitter Duva. But while you may be in a different place, a different time, and a different world, the people in the book are personalities that you inherently know and live with. Possessing strengths and flaws that are so human, with each carving out the best outcome they can for the greater good of each other, you see how it can all, in combination, completely change the outcome and future for everyone. I look forward to continue reading about that outcome and future in the next novels!