(From the publisher):
Disillusioned by romance and longing to connect more meaningfully with her Indian heritage, Chicago-born artist Sharmila Sen has consented to follow the path of her mother and generations of women before her by marrying a man she has never met. Raj Khosla, the handsome and successful New Delhi businessman who has been chosen for her, appears to be ideal husband material.
Yet from the moment Sharmila arrives in India, events seem to conspire against her future happiness. Raj disappears for long periods of time, leaving her to fend for herself in the uneasy household run by his watchful, controlling mother. Most disconcerting of all is the mystery surrounding the death of Raj's cherished first wife, a woman Sharmila can't hope to match in beauty and unquestioning devotion to Indian tradition.
Deliverance arrives in the unlikely person of Prem, the Khoslas' chauffeur. With him as her guide, Sharmila begins a journey that proves as dangerous as it is liberating. To develop a friendship with Prem - a member of an untouchable caste - means defying the powerful Khosla family and a centuries-old taboo. And it means confronting a restrictive, exclusive culture that may ultimately have no place for her.
Original title: Sharmila's Book
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural