Purple Lotus

Purple Lotus

Tara moves to the American South three years after her arranged marriage to tech executive Sanjay. Ignored and lonely, Tara finds herself regressing back to childhood memories that have scarred her for life. When she was eight, her parents had left her behind with her aging grandparents and a schizophrenic uncle in Mangalore, while taking her baby brother with them to make a new life for the family in Dubai.

Tara’s memories of abandonment and isolation mirror her present life of loneliness and escalating abuse at the hands of her husband. She accepts the help of kind-hearted American strangers to fight Sanjay, only to be pressured by her patriarchal family to make peace with her circumstances. Then, in a moment of truth, she discovers the importance of self-worth—a revelation that gives her the courage to break free, gently rebuild her life, and even risk being shunned by her community when she marries her childhood love, Cyrus Saldanha.

Life with Cyrus is beautiful, until old fears come knocking. Ultimately, Tara must face these fears to save her relationship with Cyrus—and to confront the victim-shaming society she was raised within.

Intimate and deeply moving, Purple Lotus is the story of one woman’s ascension from the dark depths of desolation toward the light of freedom.

Title:Purple Lotus
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781631527616
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    Purple Lotus Reviews

  • Jessica Haider

    A purple lotus is a symbol of rebirth and this novel lives up to that name. It is the story of a rebirth of an Indian woman who battles through cultural expectations to become her own person. Tara gre...

  • Kiran Bhat

    "Purple Lotus proves Rao to be an apt writer of character study and an effortless storyteller. I’d recommend it first and foremost to people who are fans of the expansive storytelling of Tayari Jon...

  • Krystelle Zuanic

    Please note this is a 4.5."We're going to bed tonight early, Esther," I say to myself as I open my ARC of this book before I go to bed. "Just going to read about 50 pages to get off to sleep and I'll ...

  • Rutuja Ramteke

    This book follows a story of a Indian woman Tara who shifts to America after her marriage, well things go in wrong direction and Tara finds herself trapped between the present and her past, her past i...

  • fanna

    August 11, 2020: An Indian protagonist and the story deals with domestic violence and other forms of physical violence by intimate partners....this book is going to be good....

  • Leighellen Landskov

    “Not all monsters are egregious. Some stay hidden in plain sight.”This dual timeline story explores the power of Indian culture, family, love, and societal expectations as it relates to one woman...

  • Aamna Mishra

    ”𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺. 𝘐 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦. 𝘛𝘰 𝘭𝘰...

  • Nomadic  Musings

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review: Rao’s debut novel Purple Lotus explores the various dimensions of a woman’s life, human behaviour, societal norms and the consequences of trauma...

  • Sumedha the wordy habitat

    4.5 starsReview was first posted on the wordy habitatI came across this book while looking at Netgalley own voices books and was immediately interested. The premise sounded too good. The cherry on the...

  • Jyothsna

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Each flower has its own story and paves its own journey. Author Veena Rao, in her debut novel Purple Lotus unravels the resilience of her protagonist...