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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781470801298
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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 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 Kh | 2/8/2014

    " Engaging and powerfully written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Very sad but very well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Van | 1/19/2014

    " Gelezen in het NL (De dans van de tijger). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robi Anstey | 1/10/2014

    " Beautiful prose...........intelligent, articulate and I could NOT put this book down for more than a few mins...hope she's writing more!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Vivish | 12/27/2013

    " Beautiful lyrical writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhona Arthur | 12/23/2013

    " Thought I'd enjoy this but out it down at a section break and never felt empathy/ curiosity enough to re-engage with the rest of the story. The books not in the charity shop bag yet but it's very unlike me not to finish a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Nielsen | 12/10/2013

    " Beautifully written, insightful...hard to read...great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/7/2013

    " Made me think about the power of words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 5/25/2013

    " A beautiful masterpiece of an Indian family saga. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 2/27/2013

    " I think I read a review calling this a Gone with the Wind set in India. Well, I had to read it. Yes, it was good, but the woman, Devi, was not as likeable. It was kinda too sad for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/10/2013

    " THIS BOOK IS A NOVEL AND A VERY GOOD ONE NOT A FIVE STAR BUT MAYBE JUST MORE THAN A FOUR STAR. GOOD CHARACTERS AND A EXCELLENT STORY IN AN AREA OF THE WORLD THAT I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH.THIS IS JUST A GOOD BOOK THAT I RECOMEND. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saloni Sharma | 1/6/2013

    " Been a long time since I read anything quite as well-crafted, as engaging, as heart-breaking. Recommended to anyone interested in Indian writing in English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 11/6/2012

    " A good book but it would have not suffered with a little editing. Sometimes a good story can be told/written with fewer words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelly | 10/13/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book, just fell right into it. Just wish the ending was finished a little better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 4/4/2012

    " Enjoyed this book. While not a literary work, it was a well-written and entertaining, if at times quite tragic, page-turner and is set in the hilly coffee-growing area of India that is beautiful and green and which I love as well. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/26/2012

    " A fast paced story - I couldn't put it down! Characters and plot are developed throughout the novel and not always as expected. Background, time and setting embedded to provide an interesting backdrop to the plot. Reminded me of Amitav Ghosh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 5/20/2011

    " Great story but the ending left me hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magpie Ima | 4/6/2011

    " Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Great way to spend the weekend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 4/5/2011

    " This was a wonderful book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 4/2/2011

    " Pretty predicable historial fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2011

    " Quite enjoyable love story/epic set in Coorg in India "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/10/2011

    " Great first book. Saga that is truly a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/8/2011

    " Took me a while to get into this book but when i did i couldn't put it down. A great story, very emotive and touching. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.