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Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
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Jun 17, 2011

it was ok
Read from June 13 to 17, 2011

I didn't realize this historical fiction was geared toward teens until I was already partway through it. Perhaps this would explain the unimpressive writing style and character development? The plot, however, was interesting, about a young Indian girl in 1918 who is married and widowed at a very early age. Because she belongs to the brahman (upper) caste, she must isolate herself from her neighbors, or "keep corner," for one year and is doomed to be ostracized by society, as widows were considered cursed and a bad omen for those in their presence. Gandhi is meanwhile raising support for his causes, and his ideas in part challenge the poor treatment of widows. This movement opens new opportunities for the main character to continue her education in order to become a teacher but doesn't completely remove the stigma she faces. Interestingly, the story was based on the experiences of the author's great-aunt.
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