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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ru Freeman Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set against the volatile events of the last forty years of Sri Lankan history, A Disobedient Girl traces the lives of three characters whose interwoven fates and histories force them to answer life’s most difficult questions. Beautiful, haunting, alive, and brimming with truth, it is, above all, a novel about extraordinary circumstances that change life in an instant and the power of love to transcend time and place.

The story begins with two little girls, mistress and servant, one with every luxury and opportunity that money can buy and the other with nothing but her yearning for a better life. Together, they grow up bound by love, betrayal, resentment, and an impossible secret.

Then there is Biso, a devoted mother of three, who risks everything to escape from the hands of her tyrannical husband. But her journey, which begins with such hope, takes her on a disastrous path that ultimately leads her to give her life over to strangers she never imagined she would have reason to know, binding her story with that of the girls in the most unexpected and heartbreaking of ways.

A Disobedient Girl is a compelling exploration of personal desire set against the volatile backdrop of class and prejudice, as three women journey toward their future, united by a shared history but separated by different fates. A bold and deeply moving account that spans three decades of love and loss, it is a tale about the will to survive and the incredible power of the human spirit to transcend the unforgiving sweep of tragedy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by itpdx | 2/17/2014

    " What a range of conflicting emotions! I thought the two main characters (actually all the characters) were sometimes strong, smart, weak, stupid, caring, giving, and selfish--just like real people. The book tells the story of two women one over decades, the other over days. It is set in Sri Lanka and gives us a tantalizing taste of the society, culture, geography and recent history of a country that I know very little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marybla | 2/14/2014

    " The protaganist is remarkably strong and resilient. The backdrop of this novel set in Sri Lanka is polictical violance, social heirarchy and social expectations in the 21st century. A really good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fazzyla | 2/3/2014

    " melodrama in a novel form "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Billie | 1/27/2014

    " It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the book like sometimes you have to talk to someone for a while who is speaking English as a second language. It also took a while to understand the parallel stories. But the book became lush with the prose. I especially liked the interaction of the children...so true to the interaction of siblings. "

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About the Author

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan writer whose political journalism and fiction has been published internationally. She lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.