A haunting novel, A Disobedient Girl combines darkness and enlightenment. The story focuses on Latha, who becomes pregnant by her best friend’s boyfriend and then becomes a servant to this same friend. She must give her own child away and instead take care of Thara’s (her best friend) family including Thara’s two daughters that she treats as her own.
Another central character in the novel, Biso leaves her abusive husband and escapes with her two small daughters and a son. They board a train bound for her aunt’s home, but a bomb on the train redirects them, leaving them to find their own way to their family’s house. Walking arduously along a road, Biso and the children come upon a small store whose owners provide them with food and shelter.
The next morning, Biso awakens to her son’s screams and finds him in the backyard with a broken leg. A foreigner with a car stops at the store and offers to take her son to the nearest hospital. Biso is told that she cannot go with her son due to the lack of room in the small car, but the foreigner and his driver allow one of her daughters to ride along to the hospital with her brother. When Biso finally arrives at the hospital, she realizes that her two children are gone, kidnapped by the foreigner who offered them a ride.
As this sorrowful tale comes to an end, we are made aware of the shocking connection between Latha and Biso.
The writing is as beautiful as the story is tragic.
A Disobedient Girl is a novel you will not soon forget.
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Criston McNeil was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She now resides in Cape Cod with her 19 year old son. She has worked in the medical field for 24 years and enjoys singing, dancing, reading and cooking.