Rita Maraj is born into an Indian family and raised in Guyana. With a beautiful stepsister and a socially ambitious stepmother, she feels like Cinderella in a society where girls are expected to marry early and on command. Her refusal to do so makes her a distinct oddity. But the arrival of a messenger from the former Maharani of Khandapurnam, a distant relative, is to change her destiny forever. She must set out to India to help tempt the heir apparent back from the religious sect he has joined. The journey is to lead her and her stepsister through the brothels of Bombay, where the younger the girl and the paler the skin, the higher the price. They encounter the old-fashioned drawing rooms of high society, the temples and hospitals of India's multitudes, and finally the old villages from where their family once came. Dramatic, vivid, moving and exotic, Peacocks Dancing is a truly spellbinding read.
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Sharon Maas was born in Guyana, educated in England, and lived in India, and now lives in Germany. She is married with two children.Review:
Praise for Of Marriageable Age: 'A big book, big themes, an exotic background and characters that will live with you forever . . . unputdownable.' Katie Fforde 'Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page . . . I can't recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.' Lesley Pearse 'It's a wonderful panoramic story and conveys such vivid pictures of the countries it portrays I was immediately transported and completely captivated. A terrific writer.' Barbara Erskine 'From the first page I was hooked with this enchanting book . . . unputdownable.' Audrey Howard 'A vast canvas of memorable characters across a kaleidoscope of cultures . . . her epic story feels like an authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.' The Observer
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000711737X
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX000711737X