Girls Burn Brighter

Girls Burn Brighter

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A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. In breathtaking prose, Shobha Rao tackles the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and feminism. At once a propulsive page-turner and a heart-wrenching meditation on friendship, Rao's debut novel is a literary tour de force.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250074256
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,25 cm.


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Michael Colford Jun 21, 2018

Shobha Rao's first full-length novel is devastating and heart-wrenching, illuminating cruelty and male violence almost to the point where it becomes unbearable. Yet somehow, she manages to illuminate the nearly unquenchable spirit of her two protagonists, Poonimna and Savith as they search for freedom and one another across the globe. This is one tough read, but Rao is an exquisite writer and makes the journey worth it.

May 31, 2018

This is a need-to-read story about two Indian girls, Poornima and Savitha, and their fight to survive in an unimaginable economy of living poor, born female, and the ability to survive the mindset of outdated tradition. After reading their plight a reader can never not know the possibility of what may be happening in the background of our own world.

ehbooklover Apr 06, 2018

This was definitely not a light read. In fact, it was pretty brutal and graphic at times but don't let that keep you from giving it a try. This was a powerful story about two very strong women that kept me on the edge of my seat.

debwalker Mar 23, 2018

A devastating story of the unrelenting bonds of friendship.

OPLJessG Feb 14, 2018

This book packs a punch. You will feel it in your gut, and you will not recover easily. A devastating, worthwhile read, not for the faint of heart. Tread cautiously, and you will be rewarded. It's a wonderfully written book that tells the story of a beautiful friendship, and it is heavy on the violence and exploitation they experience. Immersive, and you'll be dwelling on it for days after reading it.

JCLGreggW Jan 23, 2018

A beautiful and powerful novel about the enduring bonds of friendship even in the most trying of circumstances, Shobha Rao's novel is the sort you push into the hands of total strangers with wild-eyed enthusiasm. In a small Indian village, Poornima strikes up a friendship with Savitha, who works alongside her at the loom. After a tragedy drives them apart, Poornima cuts her ties to home and takes enormous risks to find her friend, travelling thousands of miles around the world. Readers will love this timeless and enchanting story.

Nov 23, 2017

A big thanks to Flatiron Books for sending me an ARC of this book. The story of Poornima and Savitha is told in a riveting chronicle of their tribulations and trials through their experiences together and apart. The vile treatment they are given by the men in their culture and even some of the women is deplorable and difficult to look at. Yet the two of them burn brightly in spite of the abuse they both suffer from other human beings and we yearn along with them for the two friends to be together once again to support and encourage each other. A beautiful tale of survival despite overwhelming destructive forces all around. Highly recommended!

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