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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anuradha Roy Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611207743
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For Maya, a young widow trying to escape her complicated past, teaching school in a secluded mountain village offers a promise of peace. Here she feels close to the calm heart of the land, where lush foothills meet clear skies. In the evenings she teaches a peasant girl, Charu, to write so she can correspond with her lover in secret.

As Maya finds out, however, no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world, or her own past. The community she has grown to love comes under attack when powerful outsiders hijack the local elections dividing the villagers and threatening Charu’s family. And when Maya’s landlord’s charming nephew sets up shop nearby, Maya is drawn to him despite her better instincts—and soon finds herself questioning everything she has ever known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “How does a writer compete against the media's invasion of public discourse in all its chattering, hectoring, commercially packaged format. One way could be by creating a small, inviolable space in which to observe and record all the subterranean upheavals to create those moments of clarity that we value as literature. The small diamond that we have unearthed and enjoyed is called The Folded Earth.”

    Economist (Crossword Fiction Award Winner, 2011) 

  • “Anuradha’s ability to seamlessly place the private lives of her characters within a larger socio-political setting is what she carries into her second book [as well]…at the end of The Folded Earth you feel a firm belief in the redemptive qualities of life and love.”

    Elle

  • “[Roy’s] narrative is poised and her language precise and poetic, without being flamboyant…a story about love and hate, continuity and change, loss and grief in a convincing and memorable setting.”

    The Independent (London)

  • “A gently perceptive story, half comic and half poignant, of a woman’s struggle to forget her sorrows in new surroundings.”

    Sunday Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tayyba | 2/19/2014

    " A Himalayan estate and a handful of colorful characters do not a good novel make--by themselves, that is. If I had absolutely nothing else to do, I might have waded to the end of this book. But scenes just for the sake having them, and a first person narrative that bizarrely manages to get into the inner world of other characters seriously weigh down one's patience. This book has the meat, but not the bones. So reading it was like prodding around folds of flesh to see if one can find some structure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 2/12/2014

    " A well written novel but I felt it was a bit slow and confusing at the start. The characters are great and it's interesting to read about people and an area of the world that I know very little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Linden | 1/31/2014

    " Gorgeous prose. Compelling story. Hell of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 1/27/2014

    " I loved the beginning & the end, plowed through the rest. Loved the sense of we are all humans doesn't matter where we live. Loved the descriptions of the Himalayan landscapes. Felt like I was there myself just yesterday. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2014

    " I really am not sure if I liked this book or not. I think I rated it with 2 stars only because of the author's writing and how the book initially sucked me in. I got into the book right away and cared about the main character. Then the book slowed down and I didn't like where it was going and choices she was making. And then the end.... I so did not like it; where it ended or her last choice. Maybe I was not in the mood for such serious content and lack of happiness in all the characters lives, but this book just didn't do it for me and left me disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rene Spector | 1/26/2014

    " I'm left feeling conflicted with this novel. I wanted more, instead I think Roy was going for something else, and I missed it. I didn't like how Charu's story was cut short specifically, why? It would have taken a whole paragraph to wrap that up. Also, I didn't really like any of the characters, not one. If a story is like this one, not really about much, just daily lives and lessons, they must have strong or likable characters. So that is probably my biggest issue. Roy has a beautiful perspective, I felt more strongly about the animals, birds and trees than I did about anything else...but perhaps that was the point. The naturalist in me had brief moments of connection, but the reader was left kind of hanging. 2.75 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/24/2014

    " I was engrossed from the start and enjoyed til the end. Beautifully told story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/11/2014

    " Nice story, nice writing. I loved reading about rural small-town India. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 1/8/2014

    " A very slow read and a bit disappointing. Several of the reviews claimed that the writing was lyrical. I did not see that. I felt more drawn to the secondary characters and although this is one of those novels in which the place is meant to also be a character, I never felt as though I knew it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/6/2014

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, and I loved the narrator; I think this enhanced my appreciation of the book. I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to it. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but I loved the world the book creates -- an intimate glimpse of a Himalayan town in India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 12/21/2013

    " Lovely, lyrical writing, but a story that drags...very slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 11/16/2013

    " Well written and beautiful book, BUT it felt like it either was dragging on or rushing through important stories. It left me wanting more and feeling like the book was just a little too choppy. I did love some of the characters and descriptions though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janey Bennett | 11/11/2013

    " Wow, she has a wonderful way with language and with creating the specificities of the hill country of Northern India. I just wish she had resolved the plots less predictably. Absolutely worth reading, though. It's a getaway read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beatrice | 10/25/2013

    " Extremely well written and a fascinating story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 10/25/2013

    " Such a beautifully written book, rich with setting details of Ranikhet, a village at the foot of the Himalayas. The reader, Snetha Mathan, is outstanding, bringing to life the widely varied community members. History, politics, and culture are woven in with humor and a pervasive sense of loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Dickerson | 6/5/2013

    " This is a lovely tender story. Not as compelling as An Atlas of Impossible Longing by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Raskin | 4/23/2013

    " An excellent book, very descriptive, well written, and thoughtful. Although short, it took me a long time to get through, but that is not a reflection on its quality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leora | 3/5/2013

    " Beautifully read book from Audibles. A "small" story with with finely drawn characters, tragedy, humor, and betrayal. And a part of the world I know little about. Liked everything about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luaunna | 11/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. This was not necessarily a page turner, and I did not close the book thinking WoW! that was great, but I did enjoy the story and the surprise ending. Author writes with alot of description, which I can take or leave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howvuben | 10/17/2012

    " I could not wait for it to end until about the last quarter of the book when it all came together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 7/22/2012

    " engaging story set in the himalays felt the first part went on slighty too long but overall enjoyed this story "

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About the Author

Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, which has been published in sixteen countries and named by World Literature Today as one of the sixty most essential books on modern India. She lives in India.

About the 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.