Naming Maya

by Uma Krishnaswami (Author)
Excerpt

In this compelling first novel, a young Indian American girl finally learns that she can choose which memories to keep and which to let go.

Although Maya has done her best to avoid it, she is spending part of her summer in Chennai, India, with her mother, who is trying to sell her grandfather's old house. Soon Maya is drawn into a complicated friendship with eccentric Kamala Mami, who has been a housekeeper and cook for years in Maya's extended family.

At the same time, Maya is thrust into an ocean of memories, all coming at her too quickly for her to understand. In particular, she is forced to examine the history of her parents' divorce -- all the more painful because she believes the trouble began with the choosing of her name.

For years the tension has simmered in a cauldron of anxiety, secrets, and misunderstandings. It is only with the help of Kamala Mami and Maya's cousin Sumati that Maya is able to see what happened to her parents.

Protection
DRM Protected
Format
EPUB
Publication date
April 05, 2004
Publisher
Page count
192
ISBN
9781429921602