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Starting in the nineteen-sixties and spanning over two decades, By The Mud Stove is a story about an orphan girl, Indira, who grows up with her grandmother, Nani, in Rose Hall Village, Guyana. Among many others, their lives intertwine with Francine’s, Indira’s best friend, capturing moments of laughter, tears, and joy around the fire of the mud stove. The plot depicts an e ...more
Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published June 4th 2018
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Gorgina Blake
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Novel 'By The Mud Stove' has such a beautiful cover and intriguing title that I instantly wanted to read it without even glancing through the blurb. It was fascinating to read a book that is set in a really different country to where I live and knew very little of it's peoples and rich culture that is full of several unique customs and traditions. I was surprised to learn of the number of festivals that are celebrated in Guyana, mainly because of the prevalence of diverse religions and group ...more
Kathy Walter
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read!! The book 'By The Mud Stove' is engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I finished the novel with great admiration and tender feelings towards the main character Nani. The love that Indira and Ravi shared in this tale was beautiful and yet without conflict and occasional sorrows as true love is. I liked the fact that the writer explained the meaning of the Guyanese Creole sayings which made it easier for me to understand. The book is well written with beautiful descriptions of t ...more
Andy Chin
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book 'By the mud stove' is simple and yet capturing. None of the lavish or extravagant stuff. Judging this book as a work of fiction and not autobiographical, I will grade it as extremely well written. A beautiful story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love, ambition, humor and sadness. The book displays such a right balance. Set in the 60's, it focuses on the lives of a grandmother, her granddaughter and six other characters connected by friendship. The story immerses you into daily ...more
Jaime K
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this in a goodreads giveaway.

This is a decent story about a Guyanese girl named Indira. It follows her life from when she was 5 and orphaned, living with her maternal grandmother Nani, through her marriage.

Tombran's author's note at the start gave a lot of good information about Guyana and the background for her story. The nostalgic aspects and juvenile feeling (I mean the latter in a good way) made me think that this would be similar to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books I grew up with.

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Robyn
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book about a time and lifestyle in a country so different from my own. Altho, for me in the beginning it starts a bit slowly, I found that I was curious about these characters. And as time goes on, you develop such a fondness for the love for this little family, how they didn't have much in the way of material things, but they were always willing to share what they did have with friends and neighbors who were in need. It is very humbling, the friendship the girls have and th ...more
Kelly Knapp
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle schoolers, YA
Recommended to Kelly by: won as part of the goodreads Firstreads giveaways
a coming of age story about a young girl in Guyana. Written in 3 parts, it begins when the protagonist is orphaned and age five. As she grows, so does the complexity of the writing and her insights.

I was uncomfortable reading this book, picturing a child in the 60s living so primitive. But as I went along, I began to see other aspects, including flexibility, , determination, and courage. highly recommend reading for middle/junior high multicultural studies.
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Divya Tombran was born in 1961 in Guyana, South America and emigrated to Canada in 1978. She ventured into a number of careers, including, Marketing and Fine Art Photography, and is now writing on a full-time basis. She currently resides with her husband in Toronto, Canada, and plans on dedicating her future to writing and publishing exotic works of fiction set in her homeland, as well as, her cur ...more