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Saree - Su Dharmapala

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Published: 1st May 2014
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Six lives, six loves and a precious garment that binds them all

Nila wasn't born beautiful and is destined to go through life unnoticed... until she becomes a saree maker. As she works, Nila weaves into the silk a pattern of love, hope and devotion, which will prove to be invaluable to more lives than her own.

From the lush beauty of Sri Lanka, ravaged by bloody civil war, to India and its eventual resting place in Australia, this is the story of a precious saree and the lives it changes forever. Nila must find peace, Mahinda yearns for his true calling, Pilar is haunted by a terrible choice, Sarojini doubts her ability to love, Madhav is a holy fraud and Marion's understanding of the very meaning of love is challenged and transformed. Each teeters between joy and pain, and each is touched by the power and beauty of the saree.

A breathtaking story of beauty, oppression and freedom... and of an enduring love that can never be broken.

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If you like a sweeping saga, this is for you. Using the fate of a gorgeously woven saree to tell a story that travels from war-torn Sri Lanka and India to Australia, Dharmapala animates a large cast of exotic characters and places.

Destiny, choice, spirituality, freedom and love make up the warp and weft of this rich and colourful cross-cultural epic tale.

About the Author

Su Dharmapala is social media commentator, writer and blogger. She was born in Singapore and grew up between Singapore and Sri Lanka before immigrating to Australia in 1989. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in French and German) and Bachelor of Science at Monash University in 1997. After graduating from University, Su worked in technology for some of Australia’s Fortune 500 companies. Su’s first novel, The Wedding Season, was published by Simon & Schuster Australia in 2012. She lives in Melbourne.

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Loved this book

By Anniemac

from Adelaide

About Me Casual Reader

Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Saree:

    I just really loved this book. It was easy to get in to and kept my interest all the way through and I was really disappointed when it ended. Could easily have just kept reading it.

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    Not what I expected

    By Leafy

    from NSW, Australia

    About Me Bookworm

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      • Disappointing
      • Sexist
      • Violent

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        Comments about Saree:

        I kept on reading hoping it would get better, but each chapter did not improve until I finally stopped reading. I do not take not finishing a book lightly, so tried my best to read it.

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        ISBN: 9781922052933
        ISBN-10: 1922052930
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 560
        Published: 1st May 2014
        Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
        Weight (kg): 0.78