SONG OF THE CUCKOO BIRD
Fate brought them together as a family and sweetened the sour notes
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.
Release: December 27,
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Kokila came to Tella Meda an orphan, a month after her marriage. She
had just turned eleven.
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