Trail of Broken Wings depicts Indian culture, the country and its people (behaviours that are ancient, but still practised) while weaving a well-written fictional narrative throughout.
A family are still part of the Indian community, but live in a Western country. Sisters, Sonya, Trisha, Marin and their mother, Ranee are shunned and abused by the family patriarch, Brent. Each one finds a way to cope with this circumstance and each coping mechanism is different. Sonja flees, Trisha becomes the 'tradition woman', Marin strives for success and Ranee leads a life filled with guilt and anger.
Brent is now in a weakened state and in a coma. Each woman reunites and faces their individual decisions. They also deconstruct the effects of their harsh father/husband's behaviour on their lives. Many challenges await and secrets are revealed during this process.
The unfolding of each woman's trauma reads with a natural flow and is not at all overly dramatic or contrived. Nevertheless, the book is emotionally powerful as the women unload their burdens and the healing process begins. So for readers, keeping up with the dialogue can be emotionally charged, too.
Balancing each woman's story requires many exlanations and the creation of imagery. Senjal cleverly merges these aspects with great care. My only criticism is that the book can be quite wordy, while achieving these elements.
I particularly like how Senjal made all the women appeal to our sympathies, so we wanted them all to be happy and free from the relentless stigma and pain attached their situation. Miraculously, she even made us feel empathy for Brent. While we can never condone his actions, we see his pain and the capacity for love he once had. Readers can also muse about the strengths and weaknesses of other cultures, traditions and behaviours while bringing one feature back to our own culture - a focus on domestic violence presently highlighted in the media. It makes for an interesting , if painful topic for discussion.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781477822081
- ISBN-13: 978-1477822081
- ASIN: 1477822089
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)