A Disobedient Girl
In one of the most impressive debuts of the year, Ru Freeman offers us a mesmerizing tale set in her native Sri Lanka of two women, strangers to one another, whose destinies are inextricably and tragically bound.
In her heart, Latha knows that she was not meant to be a servant. She was born for finer things like the rosesmelling Lux soap she steals, the glasses of fresh l...more
Author and political journalist Ru Freeman ...more
When she's eleven years old, Thara sets her sights on young Ajith, a high-caste boy from a wealt ...more
Latha longs for the finer things in life and believes she was meant to have more in life than bathing at the well. She steals a bar of fine rose soap and sneaks off to bathe, using the soap belonging ...more
The story alternates between the lives of two Sri Lankan women, one being the young mother, Biso, and the other, Latha, a servant girl who wishes to be more than that.
Biso is running away with her three young children from an abusive husband. We learn that her youngest daughter is also a product of an affair that Biso had with a fellow vi ...more
"Earrings are not decorations. They are a statement of legitimacy, of dignity, of self-worth. Ask any woman, and she would ...more
The school principal still insisted that they chant this every morning, and though there were rumors that he sympathized with the people who wore red and marched with banners embroidered with the sickle and hammer on May Day, and that his job was a front for spreading a doctrine that encouraged his students to think themselves equal to the rich, and though all of that was considered dangerous and subversive, his message and, frankly, his possibly clandestine l...more
What I liked best about this book was Latha's consistent attitude towar ...more
I loved Latha (servant girl), was irritated by Thara (Latha's friend and later her master), hated Mrs V ...more
The story is set against the political upheavals in Sri Lanka. The story follows the daily lives of middle class families as parallel tales which culminate in the last chapter. The reader is overwhelmed in the end, but still yearns for more. I wouldn't ...more
I really liked this one.
A Disobedient Girl has been on my reading list for a while--I think it came up as a recommendation while I was reading other books taking place in Sri Lanka. However, the university library didn't have it and it also wasn't available through the public library's Overdrive system. But I needed a few other books from the brick-and-mortar public library, so I put in a request for this one as well.
The story here follows two main characters, ...more
The main characters are well developed and believable. One immediately is taken up by two heroines whose stories are alternatively told throughout the book, and especially, Latha who is the disobedient girl of the title and whose life story is the center of the book.
I cannot say more than the publisher's blurb without giving away the story.
The ending is uplifting witho ...more
She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf Press), a NYT Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into multiple languages including Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, and Chinese.
She is e ...more