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Author Viswanathan, Padma, 1968-

Title The toss of a lemon / Padma Viswanathan.

Imprint Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    VISWANATHAN,PAD    Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description 619 p. : 1 geneal. table ; 24 cm.
Summary Spanning the lifetime of one woman (1896-1962), The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval. Married at ten, widowed at eighteen, left with two children, Sivakami must wear widow's whites, shave her head, and touch no one from dawn to dusk. She is not allowed to remarry, and in the next sixty years she ventures outside her family compound only three times. She is extremely orthodox in her behavior except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house and village to raise her children. That decision sets the course of her children's and grandchildren's lives, twisting their fates in surprising, sometimes heartbreaking ways.
Subject Women -- India -- Fiction.
Family -- India -- Fiction.
India -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
India -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Domestic fiction
ISBN 9780151015337 : $26.00

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