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Trail of Broken Wings

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The author did a great job of understanding and showing what happens to abused ...Wow. I thought this book was fabulous. The author did a great job of understanding and showing what happens to abused children as they grow up keeping this secret and become adults. I found the characters very well fleshed out and the description of the abuser, with one self for the family and another for everyone else, to be spot on. I felt very connected to the daughters even though each experienced things differently and reacted in various ways. Whether one went to great lengths in order to maintain control or completely rejected the family to break free, their thoughts and actions resonated with me. I highly recommend this title.5Beautiful story, beautifully written!Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal BadaniThis story follows a mother and her three daughters in the wake of their husband and father s physical abuse. One daughter, the golden child, is the only one who escapes his unpredictable wrath. Or so it seems. Nonetheless, each is carrying scars, dealing with the pain in her own way, not readily able to talk about it with anyone else and barely among themselves. Their reasons for this secret seem justifiable.The most amazing part of this novel is the beauty of Badani s writing. It s just as lovely as your favorite music. The way she puts words and thoughts together sometimes stop me mid-sentence in amazement. Her characters are rich and well developed.While the topic may not be high on your list, perhaps there is much to be learned about those affected by this horror. Badani isn t graphic. Her story isn t gut wrenching. It s just a beautiful story about family love, strength and the damage secrets can do to relationships.5Just seek therapy and talk to each other!I read the whole thing, but have no idea why. To me, the book was nothing more than click bait. It felt like tiny clues were dropped throughout, with details revealed much later. The first person writing style is often confusing because each chapter is told from a different person's perspective. Quite often, quoted dialog starts. Then in mid sentence we are sent down a rabbit hole of thoughts. Several sentences later, the dialog might resume. Or not. Spoiler alert! Every adult in this book is willing to allow their life, relationships, family and job to fall apart rather than seek therapy or talk to one another. And the mother murders her husband rather than seek divorce. Odd. I've never met anyone willing to do that. And they can't cry either, despite a lifetime of abuse.1Not my typical selection...If I hadn't been in India when this came up on the Kindle first list, I might have passed on Trail of Broken Wings. While on a vacation in India with my new fiance, I chose this title to fill the down time of travel and an unfortunate few days of "Delhi Belly." I had hoped to finish it on or flight home but I tore through the pages, unable to stop until I had seen this story through to the end.What a heartbreaking and moving story! I don't usually settle on anything less than a gripping mystery or an epic fantasy saga, but I am so glad I did this time!While detailing the horror and heartache suffered by victims of domestic violence (especially within the confines of tradition and custom) Badani also told a tale of forgiveness and healing. It is unfathomable to think that anyone could be whole again after suffering so greatly under the pretense of familial duty.The chapters are broken up to convey the points of view or narrative of each of the three sisters and their mother. It was curious to me though, that Sonya and Trisha's accounts were told in first person POV, while an omniscient narrator told Marin's and Ranee's.This story, while an unexpected choice, was a great one that I readily recommend to anyone, regardless of the pain of one's past or lack thereof. It is a cathartic story, a cautionary tale, and a powerful narrative on the human spirit.We never know the burdens that others bear until they themselves trust another to help lighten their load.5Kept me up all night with tears in my eyes.Ok, not all night; I'm a fast reader. I'm always nervous about reading modern novels by new authors. I couldn't remember exactly why I bought it, but I relied on my literary judgment when I began reading it.At first I was afraid it was just an "artsy" book. But as I read, I began to appreciate the way the story wraps itself around and around, revealing more depth and insights with each revolution. In fact, not to be too artsy myself, the novel itself reflects the culture within which the characters live.Scenes unfold with transparent veils, not unlike part of a full traditional sari creates depth while losing the translucency of a single layer of fabric. Harsh realities provide the pungent similar to the spices used in Indian cooking. And the scent of incense combined with murmured prayers reflect the strength that women develop sharing lives with each other in traditional cultures.Oops! Guess it's the late hour mixed with my mind still lost in the novel!This is an amazingly skilled artistic work. I hope the author doesn't suffer from the jinx that can result with an amazing first work!5Powerful Read about not letting the past define who you are today.Wow. This book was super powerful. I have a hard time with books like this. It was so incredibly sad, heart-breaking, and hard to read at times. So it s not a book that I can easily say It s so good go read it But if I look at the writing style and the story of overcoming your past, redemption, and moving forward, it is a powerful read. Just be prepared and warned.The story follows an Indian family, moved to the United States from India when the children were young. The father, Brent, is now in a coma, and the family comes back together as he nears the end. Like many books, this book flashes back to the past to explain what is going on in the present. Brent s wife is Ranee and together they have three girls, Marin, Trisha, and Sonya.We come to know each of these characters very intimately. Brent only through his wife and daughters and their memories. In reading the book description, which I pasted below, I m not sure that I ever really came to understand Brent s actions or at least never felt any bit of sympathy for him. His wife, Ranee, tried hard to be the typical submissive wife all while holding in and experiencing a lot of pain at Brent s hand. And seemed to constantly struggle with providing for and protecting her daughters. She is really a complex character as the book goes on and I came to really understand her decisions, some of which I couldn t ever imagine having to make. But she probably surprised me the most of anyone.Marin, the eldest, forced into an arranged marriage, much like her mother, is the Type A, super competitive sister, daughter, wife, and mother. We get glimpses into her marriage to Raj, and her daughter Gia is a prominent character throughout the book as the past meets the present. Also tormented growing up at Brent s hand, we come to understand why she is who she is and how to use that moving forward.Trisha, the middle daughter, works hard to maintain perfection. Married to a man of her choice, and always Brent s favorite, she appears to have it all together. As we learn more about Trisha, we see this is not the case, as she holds some dark secrets from the past that come to light throughout the book.Then there is Sonya, who throughout her entire life, had been told she should have been aborted. Promised a boy, Brent decided to not abort Ranee s third pregnancy, but when Sonya arrived, she took the majority of his frustration and could never live up to his expectations. Now a world-traveled photographer estranged from her family for the last many years, she comes home to face her demons.I could go on, this book had so many levels and characters, but all so flawlessly brought together for this powerful story of not letting your past define you and moving forward. It ends with an encouraging message and left me thinking about it for days.I would recommend this book, just go in expecting to be challenged. Hugging my kids a little tighter after this.Thank you to Kindle First for offering this book for April.4Broken Lives but with hope on the horizonTrail of Broken Wings by Sejal BadaniI love books that take me to a place or situation about which I know very little domestic violence is one of those places. The mother and her three daughters each experience the violence in different ways and it affect their lives, also, in different ways. The story delves deeply in to the lives of these four women and their extended families. The secrets, lies, deception, denial and brokenness are all heart-breaking. But there is also healing, growth and learning how to live differently. The author uses a mix of first person and second person voices. Trisha (daughter #2) and Sonya (daughter #2) are first person. Ranee (the mother) and Marin are in third person. I found this confusing, especially if deep inside a chapter or when all of them were together. At times, I had to look back to see who was narrating the story. If I were re-editing the book, I would do one or the other but not both. The author uses several Indian terms for various types of food, dress, festivities, etc. Sometimes she uses italics, sometimes not. Sometimes the words are translated or described, and sometimes not. I would love to know what all these words mean to enjoy the culture of India even more. Within the dialogue, there is a lot of introspection and reflection. Someone will ask a question and following it is a full paragraph, or more, of internal thoughts, musings, recollections before the question is answered. The story is profound because of this writing technique. The story is not superficial in any way. It is really a psychological study of how each person tolerated the abuse and, years down the road, came to terms with it.In terms of the domestic violence, the book is not overly graphic or gruesome for which I was grateful. Otherwise, I don t think I could have read it. It is unsettling but not gross. This is an amazing and enlightening story. I know I will never think or hear of domestic violence again in the same way. I loved The Storyteller s Secret by this same author and look forward to more of her books.5We are all a little brokenThis book is a story for everyone. Life is not perfect. We all have secrets in our lives. We all have hurts and scares and memories. It's all about what you do with yourself And how sometimes cultural beliefs effect how your family believes. If this families beliefs allowed them to talk about what happened to them they might have gotten some counseling. They might have opened up and got help. Their lives might have turned out differently. But they didn't so it turned out this way. Which is fine, it's their story, their journey. I cried for each woman's pain that she had kept bottled up. I felt the author did a wonderful job of helping the reader getting into each woman's thoughts,and the other characters too.I had a hard time putting this story down. I felt close to Sonya mostly. I understood why Marin was the strict woman and mother she was. And the wife she wasn't made sense to me too. Renee made a lot of sense and I was so proud of her decision to bring her daughter home and free her family. It was long overdo. I enjoyed the way things turned out for this family. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy an emotional story, which I do! Thank you Sejal Badani. :5MEHI don't understand all of the 5 star ratings because I just don't think this book was as good as "The Storyteller's Secret" that I read first. I gave this book 3 stars because obviously the author put a lot of work into developing her story and DID create characters who made me angry enough to yell aloud at. I know that abuse and severe dysfunction in a family stays with people forever and skews their lives as adults but for the love of Pete, why didn't they talk to one another? Why didn't they seek professional help? Do SOMETHING!! This is a book about 3 intelligent daughters who were all sophisticated and well educated and simply walked through life in a fog of misery because of the severe abuse they had suffered at the hands of their father.I honestly don't recommend this book because it is difficult to read; each chapter written from the POV of a different character with 2 written in the first person and 2 in the third. This made for confusion and an uneven development of the characters. It is heartbreaking yet over simplistic in that everyone began talking and lived happily ever after in the last few chapters when, in reality, everyone was trudging through circles of pain in their lives going nowhere. I frequently checked the readout on my Kindle to see how much longer I had to suffer until I got to the end and I finally finished it.3RemarkableA story with the gift of healing. As a sexually abused child this is the first time I have read a work of fiction that deals with the reality of the abuse of a child in a way that relates to how a person who has been in this position feels. The mixture of love and hate for yourself and the abuser. The never quite resolution of it and the longevity of the struggle. The way you socialize and still isolate yourself. How in a crowded room you can still feel alone. How incrementally over years you reestablish the will and the desire to live and love and trust and hope and not let events determine your fate or your happiness. To triumph in the face of evil. It is every child s right to be safe5
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