Atlas of Unknowns

Atlas of Unknowns

Book - 2010
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In this perfectly adequate tale of bicontinental love, betrayal and secrets, sisters Anju and Linno Vallara live in Kerala, India, raised by their father after their mother's apparent suicide. Crippled Linno establishes herself as a talented artist, a skill Anju ruthlessly claims as her own, passing off Linno's paintings as hers to win a scholarship to study art in New York. When Anju's dishonesty is eventually exposed, her future crumbles and she runs away, surviving only due to her friendship with Bird, a stranger who carries a key to their mother's mysterious past. Meanwhile, Linno, who once resigned herself to being her family's servant, has built a career and, despite her sister's betrayal, resolves to find Anju and bring her home. As that reunion looms, layers of lies and secrets are exposed until the reader, if not the sisters, glimpses the tangle of honesty and loyalties underpinning the story. James paints Kerala and immigrant New York with identical depth and ease, and the story is a readable balance of well-crafted plot and artful emotion.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Description: 319 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780307389015
Branch Call Number: Jame
Additional Contributors: James, Tania. Atlas of unknowns


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Dec 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It is a coming of age novel of two sisters, Linno and Anju. Linno and Anju are as close as any two sisters can be till fate leaves Linno in bucolic Kumarakom, Kerala while Anjuleaves for New York - by fair means or foul. From then on we follow the parrallel paths of the two sisters oceans apart and marvel at the progress Linno makes despite her handicap. The author slips bit of their history while spinning a fascinating yarn of current events. Time takes its toll and both sisters want their parrallel lives to converge and to this end we encounter the various interesting characters such as Anju's host parents and their son; and Linno's employer. Will their lives ever converge again? It is well wort ha read to find out.

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