Publication Info: Published September 1, 2018 by Brilliance Audio. Other editions available. (I listened to the book from Audible.com).
The Storyteller’s Secret is a novel about obligation, family duty, and love in it’s many forms. Although the story takes place in India, the themes are universal.
Jaya, an American woman of Indian descent, travels to India to discover her past and heal some deep hurts from her childhood as well as recover emotionally from three miscarriages. In India, she meets Ravi, her grandmother Amisha’s servant and dear friend. He tells her a story that helps explain Jaya’s mother’s odd behavior. The story also puts Jaya’s troubles in perspective and helps her to heal.
I was deeply drawn into this novel, spending too much time lying awake listening to it instead of sleeping! The author did a credible job of describing rural India in the waning days of British rule. The characters were sympathetic and came to life on the pages. Although I could see one plot line coming from a long way off, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Indeed, I was compelled to keep reading to see how it would play out and affect the outcome for the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for fans of general fiction, historical fiction and multi-cultural fiction.