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On the surface, fifteen-year-old Sonil has come to her adored grandmother's house on a small island off the coast of India to mend her shaky health. Secretly, however, she longs to find out why her mysteriously distant mother agreed to have her sent away as a child.
She spends her time studying Italian with her absentminded uncle and talking about boys and clothes with her favorite cousin until she finds the perfect escape from her mother’s rejection--a passionate affair with a young American. But the affair will have a surprising outcome, forcing Sonil to forgive her mother and to look to herself for the answers she will need in the coming years.
About the Author
Indira Ganesan is the author three novels, including "The Journey "and "As Sweet as Honey." She has held fellowships from the Paden Institute for Writers of Color, the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in addition to the W. K. Rose Fellowship. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in "Antaeus," "Black Renaissance," "Bombay Gin," "Half and Half: Writers on Biracialism & Biculturalism, Glamour," and "Mississippi Review." She lives in Boston and Provincetown.
“Inheritance possesses . . . delicate grace, as well as a wisdom that is both childlike and wry.” —Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, San Francisco Chronicle
“Moving. . . . Ganesan has created an appealing young heroine whose determination and sensitivity wins us over.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A good book can take us to an exotic locale, flood us with emotions or remind us of that special summer that awakened adulthood. A very good book can do all of these vividly, realistically, seamlessly. Indira Ganesan’s Inheritance is such a book.” —The Columbus Dispatch
“Graceful, economical, and charming.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“[Ganesan] writes a young girl’s heart and mind with a true and gentle hand.” —Kansas City Star