The Sleeping Dictionary

A sweeping saga set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.

By Sujata Massey Read by Sneha Mathan Fiction English, Unabridged 16h 17m Sell Sheet Also available on
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13 Audio CDs August 20, 2013 $59.99 $47.99 9781624067136 Add to Cart
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							The term "sleeping dictionary" was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting. This portrait of late Raj India is both a saga and a passionate love story.

Starred review. "girl to a perceptive and astute young woman who is accepted in the proper British society she secretly roots against. The author’s attention to detail and character development combined with narrator Sneha Mathan’s ability to differentiate each distinctive voice will have audiences clinging to every poignant word as they listen to this masterly written saga. Historical fiction fans will love this title, but the surprising plot twists and satisfying conclusion will appeal to a much larger audience." - Library Journal

"Sneha Mathan manages to distinguish the dizzying cast through an impressive range of variations in cadence, rhythm, pace, tone, and volume. Her strength is the gentle yet perky ethos she gives to the young protagonist, Kamala." - AudioFile Magazine

Starred review. "The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal, and survival, is historical fiction at its best, accessible to all audiences." - Booklist

"A love story richly woven with India's history and struggle for independence, The Sleeping Dictionary took me on captivating journey through one woman's devastation, resilience, truth and triumph." - Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Love Anthony

"The Sleeping Dictionary is the book that Sujata Massey was meant to write - an ambitious story of suspense and love and identity, rendered in lush, captivating language. To read it is to step into a fast-moving time machine that delivers us to places and events that will be new to many readers. An exciting, bold work." - Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good