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Book Review: ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’, by Sejal Badani

5.00 avg. rating (99% score) - 2 votes

About the Author:

A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.

About the Book:

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

​Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

Review of ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’, by Sejal Badani

Badani’s The Storyteller’s Secret is a story that spans generations, giving readers the opportunity to think about certain archaic aspects of their family’s ethnic origins that might still be following them, even today.  Welcoming readers into the embrace of a warm culture, both literally and figuratively, the magic of India does seem to pour out of its pages.  Although I don’t have much knowledge about India, there are certain aspects of life there, as experiences by Jaya, that had me wondering.

But if you suspend belief and don’t look at books such as this one as opportunities to broaden your knowledge of history, The Storyteller’s Secret is engaging and engrossing, despite being predictable and featuring some continuity errors.  Of particular note is Jaya’s struggle with her and her husband’s inability to carry a child to term, a pain often not taken as seriously as it should in a society still struggling to understand the nature of human life and when it starts.

Final Thoughts:

Sejal Badani’s ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ is an engaging and engrossing read that gives insight not only into the rapid changes that only three generations have seen, but also, into the often minimized pain of miscarriages.

5.00 avg. rating (99% score) - 2 votes

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