This debut novel lives up to all the hype it's been earning in the publishing world, delivering an amazing story about the redemptive power of friendship. The protagonists, Poornima and Savitha, are two friends growing up in a village in India, where they struggle with being poor, family expectations and the diminished opportunities that come with being born a daughter rather than a prized and beloved son. When they are separated by a brutal act of betrayal, Poornima runs away to find Savitha, travelling across oceans, learning new skills and discovering her courage in the process. Both women face incredible hardships and adversity, but their friendship and their will to survive are inspiring and burn brighter than a bonfire. Worth reading!
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)