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Author: Shona Patel Narrator: Neil Shah Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781488200021
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From the acclaimed author of Teatime for the Firefly comes the story of a man with dreams of changing the world, who finds himself changed by love.

1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Biren’s passionate spirit blossoms as wildly as the blazing flame trees of his homeland. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls. But in a place governed by age-old conventions, progress comes at a price, and soon Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen.

Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patel enlivens her richly developed plot by deftly incorporating social and political issues, cultural differences, and vivid descriptions of India’s food, flavors, and flame trees into the novel. The drama and sadness of the era come to life alongside a beautiful romance. Patel knows her country and its struggles so well that readers feel a part of it as well.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Patel skillfully uses the culture and customs of late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century India as a fascinating framework for an unforgettable story.”


  • The backdrop of the novel is Biren’s India, so a variety of lenses and perspectives that reflect the tumult of the times somehow works…[A] mesmerizing look at a complex society in flux and one man’s attempts to effect change.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tradition and setting dominate this story of passion, politics, and love. The Indian countryside and village life play a big role, and the slow pace of writing matches the pace of change in India. Beautifully written.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Neil Shah brings alive a story of India’s rich history…He crafts entirely distinct voices for each character, enlivening the complex world of early-twentieth-century India. He excels at tracing Biren’s personal and spiritual evolution from ambitious civil servant to dejected outsider and captures his redemption through his love for Maya. Biren’s dialogue holds such nuance that listeners will be transfixed as his story unfolds.”


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About the Author

Shona Patel, an honors graduate in English literature from Calcutta University, has won several awards for creative writing and is a trained graphic and architectural designer. Her first novel was the acclaimed Teatime for the Firefly.

About the Narrator

Neil Shah is an Audie Award–nominated narrator and voice-over artist who has recorded numerous audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. His reading include I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran, The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, and Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram. He is a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe / University of San Diego program and has appeared on off-Broadway and regional stages, as well as in film and television.