Shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize
At a time when traditional publishers are churning out mindless bestsellers by celebrity (Indian) authors, it’s such a treat to find an author who writes so engagingly and entertainingly and yet has something vital to say.
-- Ashok Banker, author of 42 books in 16 languages and 58 countries. Sold 2.4 million copies worldwide.
Dark-skinned Pullamma would rather get married. Fair-skinned Lata would rather not.
With three girls in the family, and barely enough dowry to secure husbands for two, their grandmother is forced to choose - and she chooses Lata.
What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma's future in ways no one could have foreseen.
Tell A Thousand Lies is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately realistic look at how superstition and the colour of a girl's skin rules India's hinterlands.
If you liked Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) or Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), you might like this book.
Note: British/Indian spellings used (jewellery, paediatrician, foetus etc.) These are not typos.