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September 2012 - Partitions by Amit Majmudar

Lunch location: Tamarind Bay, 1665 Beacon St, Brookline

Approximate cost: $18 (includes lunch, tax, tip, and $1 to support the meetup). May be a little less depending on location. Additional cost for anything you add from the menu (breads, beverages, chai).

About the book:

GOODREADS & AMAZON - A stunning first novel, set during the violent 1947 partition of India, about uprooted children and their journeys to safety. As India is rent into two nations, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos. At an overrun train station, Shankar and Keshav, twin Hindu boys, lose sight of their mother and join the human mass to go in search of her. A young Sikh girl, Simran Kaur, has run away from her father, who would rather poison his daughter than see her defiled. And Ibrahim Masud, an elderly Muslim doctor driven from the town of his birth, limps toward the new Muslim state of Pakistan, rediscovering on the way his role as a healer. As the displaced face a variety of horrors, this unlikely quartet comes together, defying every rule of self-preservation to forge a future of hope.A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions introduces an extraordinary novelist who writes with the force and lyricism of poetry.

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  • jeanne w.

    A beautifully written, excellent book about a very troubling time. It illuminates incidents of humanity at its best in a time of brutality and chaos.

    September 16, 2012

  • Tara

    Great turnout and each person contributed so much to the book discussion. I love our members and their unique perspectives! The food as expected was excellent. The book was enjoyed by all -- a tough subject but so well written.

    September 15, 2012

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