Leila

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Every year on Leila’s birthday Shalini kneels by the wall with a little yellow spade and scoops dry earth to make a pit for two candles. One each for herself and for Riz, the husband at her side. But as Shalini walks from the patch of grass where she held her vigil the man beside her melts away. It is sixteen years since they took her, her daughter’s third birthday party, the last time she saw the three people she loves most dearly: her mother, her husband, her child. There are thirty-two candle stubs buried in that lawn, and Shalini believes her search is finally drawing to a close. When she finds Leila, she will return and dig up each and every one.

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Shalini will never forget her daughter Leila’s third birthday party: it was the last time she saw her alive.

Sixteen years have passed and Shalini’s life is unrecognizable. Her husband gone: beaten and dragged from their home the night Leila disappeared. Shalini, once privileged, is now disgraced. She trawls the streets desperate to discover where Leila now lives – if she lives at all.

In this repressive state, where tradition and purity are valued above all, those outside the city walls – forced to live in filth and oppressive heat – are less than nothing. But can Shalini find a way back in? Will she see Leila again?

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Weight 218 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

265

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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