Monsoon Summer ) vividly highlights the conflict between traditional Ind"/>
 

Secret Keeper

Mitali Perkins, Author
Mitali Perkins, Author . Delacorte $16.99 (225p) ISBN 978-0-385-73340-3
Reviewed on: 11/17/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
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In an intimate and absorbing drama about a displaced Indian family in the 1970s, Perkins (Monsoon Summer ) vividly highlights the conflict between traditional Indian values and feminist ideals. After Asha’s father goes to America in search of a new job, the rest of the family moves from Delhi to Calcutta to live in the more restrictive household headed by her grandmother. As often as she can, Asha escapes to the rooftop to confide her woes to her “secret keeper,” a diary; breaking the rules of the house, she also befriends the son of the family next door, who gazes at her through a window. But their relationship changes irrevocably when tragedy prompts Asha to make a painful sacrifice for the sake of her mother and sister. Readers may not always agree with Asha’s bold decisions, but they will admire her courage and selflessness as she puts her family’s needs before her own. Besides offering insight into Indian culture, Perkins offers a moving portrait of a rebellious teen who relies on ingenuity rather than charm to prove her worth. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)

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