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 Boy Who Loved Rain

“Lies, denial, fabricated histories – these only bury the bruises, sometimes in a place where they can even grow and spread, because no one’s watching them.”

THE BOY WHO LOVED RAIN (LionHudson) by Gerard Kelly is a novel about slowly peeling back deeply hidden layers of shame and exposing secrets and memories that are destined to destroy lives.

Fourteen-year old, Collom keeps waking up screaming to the same nightmare where he’s drowning and can’t save a mysterious girl he knows from the past. His mother, Fiona wants to take him for professional help because he’s fighting and having other behavior problems at school, in addition to the nightmares. Collom’s father, David is the Pastor at the local church, but he wants to keep their issues within the Church Family. After a serious row, Fiona packs up and moves with Collom and meets with a professional.

Gerard Kelly is a poet and a well-known speaker of Faith in Europe. His writing is beautiful and lyrical. You will not rush through THE BOY WHO LOVES RAIN. His use of metaphor is rich and  breathtaking. He starts with a bare canvas and slowly fills it, while you the reader at times see no future for this family, Gerard Kelly always offers hope.

“…with you, I find peace from pain – You are gentle and healing the landscape – like rain …” John Geddes, A FAMILIAR RAIN

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Gerard KellyAbout Gerard Kelly

Gerard Kelly is a well-known speaker and author of fourteen books. He and his wife live and work in France and co-founded the Blessed Network, a movement of young leaders committed to God’s mission on mainland Europe. Gerard blogs at

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