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Author: Amita Trasi Narrator: Zehra Jane Naqvi, Zehra Jane Naqvi, Sneha Mathan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062490636
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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.

Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place.

Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Under Trasi’s deft hand, a satisfying intersection of the stories emerges, with an emotional tone that resonates after the final page is turned…A skillful tapestry of storytelling.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A haunting debut…that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus.”

    Kirkus Reviews (A Best Book of 2015)

  • “Finely woven threads of friendship, womanhood, and hope sustain Trasi’s striking debut novel…A graceful, bittersweet novel of tragedy and tradition.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gut-wrenching and timeless. The relentless female characters give representation to millions of voiceless women, and display oceans of resilience and strength.”


  • “This is an important story, sensitive and unflinching, of two childhood friends and their indelible bond.”

    Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of The Golden Son

  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books

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About the Author

Amita Trasi was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She has an MBA in human resource management and has worked with various international corporations for seven years. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two cats. Visit her website at

About the Narrators

Zehra Jane Naqvi is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Zehra Jane Naqvi is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.