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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (20 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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781609412227
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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.”

    Elle.com

  • “[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.”

    Booklist

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

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/30/2013

    " The audio is gorgeous. I'm loving Nair's prose. It almost makes me want to visit India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 11/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! It's an intriguing, dark, mysterious, coming of age story, where eleven year old Rakhee, the main character, discovers the dark secrets of her family's past and they change her life forever. The characters are really well developed and I found myself thinking of them for awhile after I finished the book. This was Kamala Nair's first book and I'm looking forward to more from her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 11/5/2013

    " Just finished and my head is still buzsing from the ending! There are echoes in The Girl in the Garden that remind me of Rapunzel. In the sense of fairty tale and the feel good ending of this story. Lots of subtle Inidan myths and traditions that could be pleasing to just about everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 10/19/2013

    " Is it part fairy tale or an unreliable narrator? Interesting & worth reading, but nothing groundbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/6/2013

    " Wow. One of those books you read and can't stop thinking about. I absolutely adored this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 9/29/2013

    " Liked the story and the characters. The ending was very moving. Plot reveals could be seen a mile away but I wouldn't say it detracted from the story at all. Overall it was entertaining, quite sad in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 9/17/2013

    " Beautifully written book about an 11-year-old girl from Minnesota, who travels with her troubled mother to their ancestral village in India & spends a hot summer trying to make sense of the unfamiliar world around her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 4/14/2013

    " Good book, easy read and liked learning about the Indian culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Bonebrake | 11/8/2012

    " My favorite thing about this book was how real and relate-able the characters were. The author transports you exotic India with a lush garden with many secrets and Indian culture.If you like the story of the secret garden you'll enjoy this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 5/31/2012

    " Just OK. Rather immature prose and story development. Kind of disappointing to read something that leaves you underwhelmed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/19/2012

    " bRILLIANT..loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/15/2012

    " Exotic and mysterious, loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Smith | 10/28/2011

    " A debut novel; lush Indian novel, an engrossing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 9/27/2011

    " Good book about family secrets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Cummings | 9/6/2011

    " Very touching story. This story starts out slow but gives you two unexpected surprises near the end. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/31/2011

    " This was really a lovely story. I couldn't put it down. Impressive for a first novel....I look forward to much more from this new author! "

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About the Author
Author Kamala Nair

Kamala Nair was born in London and grew up in the United States. A graduate of Wellesley College, she studied literature at Oxford and received an MPhil in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2005. She currently lives in New York City, where she has worked at Elle Decor.

About the Narrator

Anitha Gandhi is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where she received her MFA in Acting. She appeared in the film The Bourne Legacy and has been on the television shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Outsourced, and Damages.