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When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, ...more
Kindle Edition, 377 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
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Kate Yes, and it is excellent. Insightful and heart wrenching for me as aspects of it hit so close to home I had to reevaluate how my past affects my prese…moreYes, and it is excellent. Insightful and heart wrenching for me as aspects of it hit so close to home I had to reevaluate how my past affects my present behavior. Not once did I step out of the story and think about the writer - I was engrossed. The characters are vivid, the situations very real. Told from several vantage points, this is the closest I have ever read to the truth of this kind of life experience. I am recommending it to my two sisters because (I quote another reviewer) "If you've ever suffered abuse and lived daily in it's aftermath, then this book will speak to your soul." Let the healing begin.(less)
Sue Tretter I would be cautious about suggesting it for a book club. The focus is unresolved issues and how they effect multiple generations. Please make sure you…moreI would be cautious about suggesting it for a book club. The focus is unresolved issues and how they effect multiple generations. Please make sure you have read the *entire& book and know your audience. Then give your readers a chance to opt out if they are in the least squeamish about the issues raised by Badani.
My father was (at times) an abusive drunk. Reading the book from that perspective was difficult in places, but my Dad's been dead for more than four decades ... I wonder how I would have dealt with the book if he were still alive and especially if I still lived under his roof.
Overall, I think the book is great, and will be of most value to those who haven't dealt with these subjects, and want to understand more.
I won't divulge the "spoiler" but there is one, and it's significant imo.
Best wishes. (less)

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Jennifer
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
If I could have given this book 2.5 stars, I would have.

As their father lies in a coma, three Indian American sisters reunite with their mother at the bedside of the ailing patriarch. We learn the back story of this broken family, and the women they have become as a result.

The book wallows in melodrama -- to the point of unbelievability. The characters are uni-dimensional, and some of their actions just simply didn't make sense. I nearly gave up mid-way, but a few minor plot twists/character rev
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Zoeytron
As a man lies in a coma from which he is not expected to recover, his wife and three grown daughters come together. Each woman carries a secret, a 'truth left unspoken'. Bruised souls, all of them. Is the father to blame?

A sad story of the fragility of family ties unraveling even further. The author displays a fine hand with beautiful prose that is heartbreaking. Her characters are fully baked, each one struggling to make sense of her life and the impact that the impending loss of this man will
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Liz
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-clubs
3.5 stars, rounded up
This story involves an Indian American family dealing with life after the father falls into a coma. Marin, Trisha and Sonya are the three adult daughters. We hear from each one of them individually. Each has forged a completely different life. But they, along with their mother, dealt with life under a domineering father. It doesn’t take the reader long to realize theirs was not a happy household. And that each woman is still hurting and unable to even comfort each other. I f
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Roberta Emerson
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Like watching an airplane come apart mid-flight...for hours on end. Perhaps the cultural differences were responsible for more of the characters' individual responses to childhood abuse, but after 30% of the book, I wanted to take every one of them by the shoulders and shake them awake! Like an embarrassed voyeur, I watched the slowly dismantling lives throw a bolt here, a bit of cloth there. Predictably, I couldn't stop watching. And then it was over. A whole, functional airplane landed, with n ...more
Diane S ☔
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 A man lies in a hospital bed, he is in a coma and his physician doesn't know why or even if he will come out of it. He is a husband and a father of three daughters. Only one daughter, his favorite, and his young granddaughter wants him to live. His wife and two of his daughters were treated to physical and mental abuse, abuse that effected the way they viewed themselves, their relationships and the women they became.

This is a novel that shows how abuse of these kinds last far into the future
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Ceecee
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Larry H
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-first
"We had learned to appreciate our lies like a veil over our lives, each untruth stronger than the facts."

When their father falls into a coma, three sisters are forced to confront the secrets of their childhood that they've tried to keep hidden. Growing up in an Indian-American family, they were always taught to value appearances above everything else, and they succeeded, as from the outside looking in, they were a model family. But that couldn't have been further from the truth.

Sonya, the baby o
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Melinda
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I found myself lost in this book for a number of reasons, you will as well with all certainty.

A convoluted story of harbored dark secrets tucked away forever plaguing a family and each individual member. Healing is examined in an intricate and involved manner accompanied with high emotions and stress. Unearthing buried secrets takes its toll as we discover in this broken family. The ravages of abuse, its aftermath expertly depicted.

“What he did to you can never be undone. But don’t let it col
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Trudy
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars for me! There is no way I could have given this book less than five stars. Sejal Badani has a gift for written expression. Much of her narrative shook me to my core. It was poignant, haunting and beautiful and I found myself highlighting much of the book.She presented her characters in totality, giving the readers full view into their thoughts and actions. Upon reading the last page, I yearned to go back to the beginning and travel with these women again. They became real to me and I am ...more
RitaSkeeter
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, contemporary
Something I haven't read much in literature until now is the continuing impacts of childhood abuse on people into their adulthoods. This book explores that topic through three sisters who are reunited as their father lay dying. Through the sisters the author shows the way abuse can affect people differently. One sister is a high achiever who likes to control her environment and that of her loved ones; another is a people pleaser; the youngest is the rebel who left the home. The personalities ...more
Kavita
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I hate giving this book a low rating since Sejal Badani has written this from experience, and it is semi-autobiographical. The writing of abuse must have been cathartic for her, as writing and art often is. This is even a plot point in the book. But despite this, I did not think this was a good book at all, though it did get interesting at some points.

The first thing that struck me while reading is that this author knows nothing about India, except for saris and chai and some details of Indian f
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David Bulgarelli
Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
There are good things said in here, and it's undoubtedly powerful. I feel like the author fell in love with her own voice a bit too much. One or two long, emotional metaphors per page about the power of the past, or emotional struggle, is definitely overkill, and took away from my enjoyment of the book. I also don't think the author knows how to write believable male characters very well, as the characters attached to each daughter seemed to be pulled directly out of soap operas. I very much enj ...more
Linda
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india, fiction
Prepare yourself. Period. This is a heavy-hauling emotionally driven story served on just about every page. Know this going in. This book deals with abuse from the onslaught of others and the continual, self-imposed abuse delved out as a result. It was comparable to stacking branch upon branch on a formidable bonfire.

Trail of Broken Wings is the story of an immigrant family from India who come to America for a better life. Two of the daughters were born in India and the third is born in America.
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Prajna
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read another book like this. It was sad. Almost all the time. But I couldn't put it down. The author made me care about each and every character, even the abusive father, and I was drawn into their lives. As an abuse survivor myself, I thought she handled the subject matter in a way that was real, honest, and free from cliches. Either she did her research very well, or she's been there herself. I especially liked that the story was about how each of the women coped with the abuse in ...more
Zaimah
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
More like a 1.5. Predictable but that's not the worst part. It is the characters. They're all very one dimensional. There is very little change though the catalyst is there. And the eldest sister is just awful. ...more
Melodie
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An immigrant family from India dealing with the cycle of abuse as their father/abuser lies in a coma. Ranee and her three daughters are all bound by the secrets,lies and knowledge of the abuse they suffered through the years. All have a voice throughout the book, each with totally different but no less heartbreaking perspectives. And the vicious generational continuum is center stage as it ensnares her granddaughter. The title speaks volumes.
Be prepared. This is a psychological study of abuse.
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Jeannette Nikolova
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

Another gem among my NetGalley finds. To be honest, a couple of months ago I noticed that I lean on very similar books, and most of them aren't exactly newly published. NetGalley has given me the opportunity to diversify my bookshelf and to read more contemporary literature. But that can be both a good and a bad thing. I've stumbled upon some really bad and some really good books lately. Trail of Broken Wings definitely falls with the latter category.

The book t

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cameron
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Totally disappointed in this book. I finished it but could easily have stopped mid-way through.
There was the opportunity here to really divulge the reality of generations of abuse but my god...how many times can you be told the same thing over and over and over.
The characters were predictable, the progress of the plots of the three sisters, the mother and the grand daughter were so cliche as to be silly and the writing was phony as hell.
The neatly wrapped up endings were laughable to me. Perha
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Kristy Miller
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A warning to those who read this: This book contains depictions and descriptions of physical and sexual abuse, and the aftermath.
Brent is in a hospital bed, in a coma. The doctors don’t really know why the coma happened, but they do not think that he will wake again. This event brings his family together at his bedside; his wife Ranee, and his three daughters, Marin, Trisha, and Sonya. But what appears to be a perfect family dealing with a tragedy has a lot going on underneath the surface, beca
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Katie Duntley
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really powerful book, one that stopped me and made me think about it and my own life.

As I was making my way through this book, I became frustrated with how the characters were handling certain situations. Marin in particular, was REALLY getting on my nerves. The communication was so dysfunctional and I wanted to just shake all of them and tell them to get it together! But as I kept reading, something that Marin said caught my attention. I don't remember the exact quote, but Gia was sp
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Alaina
EH?

Trail of Broken Wings could've been a lot better in my eyes. It's about three sisters reuniting by their mother's side while their dad is in a coma. Throughout the book we learn about their broken family, how each person was changed from their experiences, and who they have become today.

As for the characters, they were meh. So boring and ughhhhhhhh! I couldn't connect to any of them nor did I care about their lives. The few twists and turns thrown at me weren't intriguing enough to keep turni
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Isa
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Despite it's delicate subject this book is such a painfully beautiful story.....and the writing is sublime.... through written words you are there, you live and you feel emotions.... ...more
Kathy
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Somehow, a Kindle First selection shouldn't achieve a 5 star rating. Why? because it's usually a first novel, which means glitches in the story or weaknesses in character development, and we have to leave room for improvement. However, Trail of Broken Wings ( an excellent title) shatters that unofficial rule!

Told with a brutal understanding of the effects of violence perpetrated on family members by a family member, the story elicits horror, disgust and, ultimately, healing...to a degree and lon
...more
K.H. Leigh
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While I found the story compelling and the characters intriguing, this book suffered from way too much self-analysis and introspection. For every paragraph of story there was another paragraph of internal monologue, wherein the characters would basically say, "The reason I reacted like this is because of this thing which happened in my past." Pretty quickly it felt like I was being hit over the head with it. Yes, the past had left them scarred, but I didn't need it explained to me on every page. ...more
Siv30
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: domestic-life
" Taking Gia’s hand now, she lightly traces the veins with her finger. “Feel the blood? That is the same blood that is in me, in your mother, in Sonya masi, in Trisha masi. So whatever you do, whatever happens to you, it affects all of us, because you have our blood.” She holds Gia’s face gently in her palms, staring directly into her eyes. “Your mother and her sisters came from my womb and you came from your mother’s. You are ours, my darling.”"

סיפור יפיפה וקורע לב.
סוניה חוזרת לביתה לאחר שאביה
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Three adult sisters, Sonja, Marin and Trisha, along with their mother, Ranee, take turns sitting at the hospital bed of their father, Brent. None of them love Brent, but otherwise, their feelings are constricted and messed up. The doctor comments on how faithful and full of love they must be as a family because more than most, one of them is there every day. Wordless, they become silent and look at their feet. Will they ever have the courage to talk about the elephant in the room - Brent's abuse ...more
Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

Trail of Broken Wings is a beautifully written novel about a horrible topic–domestic abuse. I personally don’t gravitate towards books that deal with abuse, domestic or sexual. However, Trail of Broken Wings was recommended to me by a dear friend and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The book tells the story of an Indian family living in America. The chapters alternate between the accounts of the three sisters and the mother. Marin, the oldest daughter and the overachiever of the family, Trisha is
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Kelley
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won a set of these books from TLC Book Tours for my book discussion group. We're reading it for our February meeting and hoping to Skype with Sejal Badani, the author.

This is a heart-breaking, poignant novel that I could not put down. However, I waited a full 24 hours before finishing the last 10 pages because I just wasn't sure how I would feel about the ending. It was just that emotional for me. For those of us who were damaged by a childhood, this novel offers a mirror to our pain, even tho
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Kat
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, own, adult-fiction
Blah. The best thing about this book is title.
Tom
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time. She is a bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist. When not writing, she loves reading and traveling. Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran are always playing in the background.

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