Sister India: Book by Peggy Payne

Sister India

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ISBN: 9781573229104    Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc Year of publishing: 2002     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 320 pp        Language: English
Hailed by critics, this is a novel of fear and awakening, of culture and chaos, of violence and redemption... and of the mysterious Madame Natraja, an expatriate from South Carolina settled in the holy...Read more
Hailed by critics, this is a novel of fear and awakening, of culture and chaos, of violence and redemption... and of the mysterious Madame Natraja, an expatriate from South Carolina settled in the holy city of Varanasi near the banks of the Ganges River, and unprepared for the course her life is about to take.
"[An] unblinkered, unsentimental but nonetheless affectionate portrait of India...an accomplished work by a writer with a keen sense of the precariousness of our lives." ("The New York Times")
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About the author: Peggy Payne
Peggy Payne is a journalist and travel writer who has published articles on more than twenty-five countries. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant... Read more
Peggy Payne is a journalist and travel writer who has published articles on more than twenty-five countries. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant to study fiction at Berkeley, and an Indo-American Fellowship to research this novel in Varanasi. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including God: Stories and New Stories from the South. She lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Review:
Becoming an expatriate is like entering a witness protection program. You can flee into a new nationality, a new language, even take on a culturally correct new name, but you cannot completely pave...Read more
Becoming an expatriate is like entering a witness protection program. You can flee into a new nationality, a new language, even take on a culturally correct new name, but you cannot completely pave over a life that came before. The protagonist of "Sister India"... is 400 pounds of enthralling proof. From the novel's very first sentence, her ravaged voice grips the reader... Peggy Payne has created one of the more unsettling and mesmerizing characters in expatriate literature." -"The New York Times Book Review" "Payne captures an outsider's sense of wonder." -"Boston" Herald" "Like the city that inspired it, "Sister India" is complex, crowded, spiritual, blood-stained, and hypnotic." -"Wilmington" Sunday Star-News" "A poetic invocation of contemporary India as well as of the human spirit. With its insights into clashing cultures, it deserves comparison as a modern version of E. M. Forster's classic "A Passage to India." -Dan Wakefield, author of How Do We Know When It's God?" "Sister India" is that rarity, an utterly original novel. It is both profound and mesmerizing." -Lee Smith, author of "Saving Grace
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