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Climbing the stairs

by Venkatraman, Padma.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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CLP - Homewood Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Venkatraman
Location  CLP - Homewood
 
Collection  Teen Fiction
 
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Venkatraman
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F VENKATRAMAN
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA F VENKATRAMAN
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA VEN
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA VEN
 
 
Summary
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Growing up in a progressive family in Bombay during World War II, 15-year-old Vidya hopes that college is in her future, though her classmates are preparing for arranged marriages. After her father is severely injured in a riot, her life suddenly, irrevocably changes. Vidya, her older brother, and their parents move to Madras to join her grandfather's traditional household, where men and women live separately and Vidya's powerful aunt disdains the newcomers. When Vidya finds time after chores and schoolwork, she escapes upstairs to her grandfather's library, where she meets a young man who seems to understand her. In her first novel, Venkatraman paints an intricate and convincing backdrop of a conservative Brahmin home in a time of change. Vidya's first-person narrative conveys her pain, guilt, and hopes, as well as the strong sense of self that enables her to act with courage and occasionally with nobility in difficult circumstances. In an author's note, Venkatraman comments on several elements of the novel, including Gandhi's nonviolent revolution, Indian volunteers in the British army during World War II, and her family history. The striking cover art, which suggests Vidya's isolation, as well as the unusual setting, will draw readers to this vividly told story.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Venkatraman makes a memorable debut with this lushly evoked novel set in India during WWII. Fifteen-year-old Vidya is shocked and proud to learn that her appa (father), a compassionate doctor, has joined the "freedom fighters," who follow Gandhi's example of nonviolent protest against British rule. But tragedy strikes: during a rally Vidya's father is beaten nearly to death and left with severe brain injury. Because he can no longer practice medicine, the family is forced to move in with relatives, who treat them as servants. The only bright moments of Vidya's days, otherwise spent under the thumb of her tyrannical aunt, come before dinner, when she is allowed to slip upstairs to the library and bury herself in books. More than a feisty Cinderella story (and yes, Vidya does find a prince), this novel vivifies a unique era and culture as it movingly expresses how love and hope can blossom even under the most dismal of circumstances. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Family life -- India -- Fiction.
Prejudices -- Fiction.
Brain damage -- Fiction.
Families -- India -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
Brain damage -- Juvenile fiction.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Fiction.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,2008
Language English
Description 247 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780399247460 (hardcover)
0399247467 (hardcover)
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