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TRAIL of BROKEN WINGS by Sejal Badani

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There’s an often heard maxim, “we’re as sick as our secrets.” Sejal Badani’s novel, TRAIL of BROKEN WINGS is all about one family’s attempt to let go of the burden and shame of their secrets.

When the patriarch of an Indian family now living in America falls into a coma, its culturally expected that his three daughters will be there to support their mother. All horrors performed by their dying father and husband are to remain unspoken, but the longer he remains silent in the coma, the louder the burden of each daughter’s story of shame grows.

Sonya is a successful photographer who left many years ago when she was twenty-one, but she can’t turn her back on her mother. Her sister, Trisha has gone full steam creating the perfect suburban life for her CEO husband. And Marin is a Silicon Valley-MBA raising a tiger family, who are ready to rebel.

Each family member has their own pressure and stress that they’re dealing with, in addition to the uncertainty of whether or not Grandpa Brent will live or die. Suddenly the family is brought together, forced to look at their individual buried secrets, the unspoken undercurrents and shame which have been silently simmering for years. Each sister knows the other’s secrets, even mom knows and has stayed silent; finally all the participants are together because of the one person who created their pain.

TRAIL of BROKEN WINGS is a story of survival and a liberating celebration of speaking out and owning one’s truth.

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Sejal Badani is a former attorney. She currently lives on the West Coast with her family and their two dogs.

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THE MERMAID’S CHILD by Jo Baker is a fairytale for grownups. It tells the story of a young girl, an outcast named Malin Reed. She grows up hearing tales that her absent mother is a mermaid. After her father dies, she’s left alone with her grandmother who gives her away. Thus begins her life of labor and abuse.

She begins a grueling fantastical journey in search of her mother. Malin’s travels take her across oceans, continents, high seas and deserts. She’s sold into slavery, a circus, almost beaten to death coming across sporadic people who care briefly for her.

Malin is a strong-willed, determined young girl, who persists against insurmountable odds, believing she will one day find her mother.

“I swam away, straight out to the sea. They would come for me, I was sure of it. My mother’s people would come for me.”

Jo Baker is known for writing this kind of fantasy. This was my first exposure and the repeated violence was too much for me. There is an audience for this novel, but it’s not my cup of tea. Jo Baker has written several other novels. I may take a look at one of them.

Thanks to Netgalley http://www.netgalley.com and Random House for providing a kindle copy of THE MERMAID’S CHILD for an honest review. Check out http://www.jobakerwriter.com for all things JO BAKER.

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