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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,676 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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