Reading has always been an escape for me. I love nothing more than to hide away for a little while and escape in a great book. Every book that I read has something special to share. Sometimes it’s simply a great storyline that lets me escape reality for a little while and sometimes it’s a life altering change in perspective. “A Tapestry of Tears: Short Stories From India” is a collection of 12 short stories that help me see my world in a whole new light.
“A Tapestry of Tears: Short Stories From India” by Gita V. Reddy, offers the reader a look into the diverse culture of India. It’s a world very different from the one that I know.
Each story in “A Tapestry of Tears: Short Stories From India” is a complete story. Each story is unique. The author covers a wide variety of topics, the subject matter of some may not be suitable for some readers. She covers difficult topics such as female infanticide that prevailed in the 10th century in several parts of the world. The author doesn’t hide the grim details that we often hide away, but shares them in a way opens your eyes to a whole new world.
Each story deals with a loss and will touch your heart in a special way. While the collection has the potential to be heartbreaking, Ms. Geddy weaves a thread of hope throughout the collection that leaves you feeling uplifted. As I was reading the first story I wasn’t sure that I would be able to continue and yet I wasn’t able to put the book down. I am so glad that I finished the story. As heartbreaking as it was in the beginning I was left with a feeling of hope as the story finished.
As with any collection of short stories I have my favourites. My favourite story is “The Better Half”, it made me ponder about how I want to leave things for my loved ones when I pass on. The ending to this story is absolutely perfect. Never Ever is the only story in the collection that I have read before. I had the pleasure of reviewing this book in the past.
“A Tapestry of Tears: Short Stories From India” is a collection of beautiful stories that will change the way you see the world and yourself.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “A Tapestry of Tears: Short Stories From India” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.