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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarita Mandanna Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Suitable Boy meets Gone with the Wind in this sweeping, romantic debut novel set on a coffee plantation in southern India at the turn of the twentieth century.

As the first girl born to the Nachimanda family in over sixty years, the beautiful Devi is adored by her entire family. Strong-willed and confident, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died under tragic circumstances. The two quickly become inseparable, until Devi meets Machu the tiger killer, a hunter of great repute and a man of much honor and pride. Soon, they fall deeply in love, an attraction that drives a wedge between Devi and Devanna. It is this tangled relationship between the three that leads to a devastating tragedy—an event that changes their fates forever and has unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for generations to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinarily imaginative novel with prose that catches in the heart like poetry.”

    Leila Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Roses

  • “With great skill, Sarita Mandanna inserts the reader into Southern India in the late 1800s and captivates us with her saga of a strong-willed girl making difficult choices that will change her life. From the lushness of mountain, jungle, and coffee plantation landscapes, to the multiple threads of unfulfilled love, I was hooked up to the very last page, and reluctant to have to leave this fascinating world.”

    Lalita Tademy, New York Times bestselling author of Cane River and Red River

  • “Time and again, Mandanna steers her novel in surprising directions. More than a love story, Tiger Hills explores the hazardous side of passion and the shackling grip of memory once love has been thwarted.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A staggering achievement, especially as it’s a first novel…Sarita is a major new talent.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Sumptuously lyrical prose unfurls this utterly engrossing epic tale that’ll seduce you from page one and hold you in its arms, breathless until the last word.”

    Easy Living (UK)

  • “Mandanna’s sweeping saga is ambitious, engaging, and relentlessly tragic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A great read…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Magnificent…Once the story gets going, it is impossible to stop reading Mandanna’s spellbinding epic.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Beautiful prose.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In her debut novel, Sarita Mandanna creates a whole new world that is carefully and exquisitely crafted. Enter it and prepare to be entranced.”

    David Davidar, bestselling author

  • “Set in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mandanna’s Tiger Hills is lush with descriptions of Coorg in India. It’s a novel that is sprawling, epic in scope, and exquisitely crafted in details. An absorbing, thoroughly engaging read.”

    Indu Sundaresan, author of The Twentieth Wife

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonia | 2/11/2014

    " Some reviewers likened this to Gone with the Wind and it did remind me of that movie. This is a beautifully written saga whose main character struggles throughout her life with romance, assault, motherhood, death. However, it is very long and was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kh | 2/8/2014

    " Engaging and powerfully written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Candy | 1/30/2014

    " This was a wonderful book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvonne | 1/28/2014

    " Loved every minute that I spent in Coorg and Tiger Hills. Although the characters are less than stellar in their actions and there aren't a lot of necessarily happy endings it is still seeped with love, family, hard won honor, and the strength of perseverance that comes from outside the standard norm and opinions. Love and loss often become blurred because of tragedies suffered but the will to survive is as strong as a sword wielding warrior. "

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About the Author
Author Sarita Mandanna

Sarita Mandanna was born in Coorg, India, and worked in Hong Kong before moving to the United States. She is a private equity professional now based in New York City and holds an MBA from Wharton and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management. Tiger Hills is her first novel.