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SONG OF THE CUCKOO BIRD

Fate brought them together as a family and sweetened the sour notes of life...

Amulya Malladi’s haunting new novel is a generational saga set in one truly special home in Southern India, a place where the desperate ones—those without family, without caste connections, without hope—become fatefully connected to each other, while holding tight to their dreams.

Kokila came to Tella Meda, an ashram by the Bay of Bengal, an orphan, barely a month after she was married. She was just 11 years old. Once there Kokila made a choice that altered the fabric of her life. Instead of becoming a respectable woman, a wife and mother, youthful passion and fear drove Kokila to choose to remain at Tella Meda under the care of the young and beautiful guru, Charvi.

Through the years, Kokila often questions her choice, as she struggles to find her place in a country where un-tethered souls like hers merely slip through the cracks. Having spurned the conventional life that could have been hers for the taking, Kokila must make a home in Tella Meda alongside strong and deeply flawed women who are also misfits in society. Sometimes they are her friends, sometime enemies, but always family.

Like Isabel Allende, Amulya Malladi crafts complex characters in deeply atmospheric settings that transport readers to different eras, locales, and sensibilities. Spanning the 1950s to the end of the millennium, Song of the Cuckoo Bird chronicles India’s tumultuous history as generations of a makeshift family seek comfort and joy in unlikely places—and from unlikely hearts.


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Release: December 27, 2005
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kokila came to Tella Meda an orphan, a month after her marriage. She had just turned eleven.

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