The Selector of Souls

The Selector of Souls

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The Selector of Souls begins with a scene that is terrifying, harrowing and yet strangely tender: we're in the mid ranges of the Himalayas as a young woman gives birth to her third child with the help of her mother, Damini. The birth brings no joy, just a horrible accounting, and the act that follows--the huge sacrifice made by Damini out of love of her daughter--haunts the novel.

In Shauna Singh Baldwin's enthralling novel, two fascinating, strong-willed women must deal with the relentless logic forced upon them by survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. When Sister Anu comes to Damini's home village to open a clinic, their paths cross, and each are certain they are doing what's best for women. What do health, justice, education and equality mean for women when India is marching toward prosperity, growth and becoming a nuclear power? If the baby girls and women around them are to survive, Damini and Anu must find creative ways to break with tradition and help this community change from within.



Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2012
Description: 547 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780307362926
0307362922
Branch Call Number: Bald

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Eil_1
Dec 09, 2014

A disappointment - hoping it would have the same hold "Tiger Claw" had. Religious input was too much!

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kelpiereads
Nov 11, 2014

The Selector Of Souls has been one of my favorite reads this year ... not only for the high moral value Shauna Singh Baldwin imparts with her deliciously clever prose, but just the instant connections she forces you to make with her characters. I felt sisterhood with all the women and lived their joys and horrors right along with them.. dense, impactful storytelling with magical dialogue .. loved it!

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