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In The Goddess’ Daughter, author Naresh Pi has created a gorgeous work of magical realism—a colorful tapestry of Indian myths and legends woven into modern life. The Kerala-born heroine, Nalini, is a cosmopolitan, sensuous, woman living in the United States with her American husband and two daughters, when her life is shaken to its very core.
Nalini thinks she has left the folklore and traditions and magic of her homeland behind her. But unknown forces are at work in her life—forces she can’t deny when she and her family are attacked. Now, Nalini must come to terms with her heritage and engage with magical spirits and deities, benign and malign, who enter her life.
Intriguingly, the novel takes readers inside the imagined lives of spirits and deities as they interact with each other, and influence human life. So, as it explores fascinating tensions between different worlds—ancient and modern, India and the United States, spiritual and sexual, human and divine—this suspense-filled supernatural thriller follows Nalini through a Hindu Epic-like battle involving ancient deities that builds to a stirring climax. Nalini and her guardian angels must summon every bit of their courage and pluck just to survive!
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Naresh Pi grew up in Kerala, India, among the legends, myths, and religious beliefs that underpin the thoughts and actions of people in his community even today. Educated in both India and the United States, he was an agnostic but is now a believer. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the United States.
His debut novel, The Goddess’ Daughter, is inspired by his life experiences and by the Malayalam-language literary movement that was launched with O. V. Vijayan’s magical realism novel Khasakkinte Itihasam, or The Legends of Khasak. With this supernatural thriller about a woman whose cultural heritage catches up with her in the United States, he introduces the rich and colorful traditions of his native culture to the modern, English-speaking world.From Kirkus Reviews:
A gripping paranormal thriller bolstered by a complex heroine and her rich spiritual heritage.
In Pi’s debut thriller, a woman’s career and family are threatened by supernatural forces from her ancestors’ past. Biologist Nalini Menon, a native of Kerala, India, has a prosperous life in America, including a beautiful home in New York City and a career in the biotechnology industry. She and her husband, Joe, a computer engineer, have two daughters, Anna and Asha. Despite being raised in a devout Hindu family, Nalini had abandoned her family’s religion—until a strange series of events prompts her to return to her native country for a spiritual awakening. It begins when Asha contracts a sudden illness..... Asha recovers, but it turns out that Nalini’s problems are just beginning, as she’s abruptly laid off from her job........After a brief, volatile affair with a neighbor, Nalini separates from Joe, until a near-fatal car accident reunites them. She soon discovers that a malevolent force is behind the various mishaps and that the key to her survival may lie within her Hindu faith.
Pi’s ambitious novel weaves Nalini’s story with those of a number of deities, including Kavilamma and Kunjumenon, her family’s guardian angels. Nalini is a complicated character who’s intelligent, sensuous, and deeply devoted to her children. Her journey takes many unexpected detours, and Pi chronicles her emotional and spiritual growth in a nuanced manner. However, the character development doesn’t stop with Nalini; Kalyani is shown to be a compassionate confidante and protector whose second chance at romance in Kerala produces some of the novel’s most poignant moments. The deities also successfully complement Nalini’s story, and their parallel narrative allows the author to elaborate on the protagonist’s religious heritage while also providing context for the events that place her life in danger. Although the novel is long, its skillful pacing keeps the story moving at a rapid pace.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1500259004