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.
Although this book is fictional, the topic is very serious and relevant in today's society - domestic violence. Being from an Anglo-Saxon background and having no experience with domestic violence, I found the characters very hard to relate to most of the time. However, the way the author manages to explain the pain and defence tactics employed by abuse victims is really well done.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend to others.
Families. You just never know what is going on. You think you are the only broken one but you are not. This is a horrendous tale of one man's power. So believable but so true for many women. The fact that they come through stronger is miraculous. I hated this story but had to read it to the end. Which tells you what a great writer this women is.
The story is so touching and author has been really sensitive to the issue of domestic violence. It really touched me to realise that an abuser cannot love anyone but himself .Even the daughter who tried to please him be there for him was also not spared. But then life gave them a second chance which I guess sometimes in real life we have to look and fight for those second chances.
A story I wasn't expecting, this traces the fragility and the intricacies of family emotions, the impacts and reactions to actions and memories in a way that you can feel and relate to. A great read that was hardcore to put down.
This book is beautifully written-- one of the best I have read in a long time. I would recommend every woman and girl everywhere read this book. We are not defined by what is done to us and many need help to know this fully. It is devastatingly sad and yet triumphant in a small but significant measure.