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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kamala Nair Narrator: Anitha Gandhi Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At once a powerful family saga and a compelling personal odyssey, Kamala Nair’s debut novel tells the story of a haunted young woman who, in an effort to seek clarity about her impending marriage, confronts one fateful summer from her childhood.

When Rakhee Singh is just ten years old, her world is shaken irrevocably when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her father and their Minnesota home to visit her ancestral estate in an Indian village untouched by the centuries. It is there that Rakhee meets her enigmatic relatives for the first time, seeks adventure with her three cousins, and learns the devastating truth about why her mother fled the childhood home she loved. During the course of that scorching summer, Rakhee will discover in the mysterious jungle behind the house a walled-up garden holding a terrifying secret. It is a secret that will expose long-hidden family skeletons and forever influence her beliefs about fidelity and love.

Kamala Nair brings enormous powers of description to her first novel, infusing scenes with potent emotional depth. Lush and sensual, The Girl in the Garden is a dark, grown-up fairy tale that will enchant and resonate long after the last page has been read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nair effortlessly brings her childhood memories to life, peppering her novel with spellbinding Indian fables…the perfect embellishments to an already flavorful backdrop…These women’s mistakes, regrets, fears, and sacrifices make them utterly relatable.”


  • “[An] accomplished debut…Nair creates a satisfying coming-of-age tale with smooth prose and a lustrous backdrop.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A daring fairy tale of a story, Nair’s first novel audaciously tackles issues ranging from puberty to friendship to abuse, providing plenty of adventure as well.”


  • “Anitha Gandhi has a lovely voice and the perfect accent for this story of family secrets.”


  • “Well-crafted…The unexpected twists and dark secrets lurking make it difficult for readers to put this engrossing story down. A strong cast of well-developed characters will further capture their emotions. Fans of The Secret Garden (the author was inspired by this childhood classic) as well as lovers of family dramas and Indian fiction will find a new favorite in Nair.”

    Library Journal

  • “Kamala Nair has crafted an evocative, passionate, tragic novel about love, loss, and the terrible cost of family secrets.”

    Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space between Us

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky | 1/29/2014

    " You won't want to put it down, nor should you. It is a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lorraine | 1/28/2014

    " This was an overall feel good ( some sad parts) book that gives you insight into another culture. Foresaw the relationship of the garden girl. Did not expect the other big twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 1/3/2014

    " an exotic tail that reminds me of the secret garden. the characters are well written and come to life on the pages. the story will touch your heart it deals with many different human emotions. it has a redemptive aspect about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Psalm | 12/21/2013

    " This one had the whole beginner's writing workshop smell all over it. My main beef is the fact that the author has this 10 yr old girl sayin' and doin' alot of things even an adult wouldn't say or do. TOTALLY unrealistic in many areas that I just don't have the energy to go into. I'm sure there is a market for this type of writing but it's not my bag. "

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