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The Braid by Laetitia Colombani
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The Braid.

I picked up this book on a whim. I did not read the blurb or reviews but simply chose it amidst many other books sitting on a bookshelf. The Braid is written by Laetitia who is a screenwriter and director. Perhaps this is why one can actually picture this book being made into a movie. The narration is simple which makes it easier for a beginner to enjoy it. It's feminine, fragile and makes you wish that it was a bit lengthy. The Braid is the story of victory be it small or big.

There are three women who are interwoven mildly by fate without even meeting one another. Smita, a young mother from Badlapur struggles to get her daughter educated inspite of being a Dalit. Her job is to clean toilets and emptying the feces of upper class Brahmins. Her dream of making her daughter a literate, pushes her to leave the village. Sarah, a passionate workaholic in Canada, is on the verge of becoming a partner of the law firm. Her dreams and hardwork has been noticed and she cannot be more thrilled. But things go awry when she's diagnosed with cancer only to realise that her role at work is now being snatched away by someone else. Giulia from Sicily has to manage her father's wig making business after he suffers a stroke. Their business is facing bankruptcy when she finds a miracle in an unexpected manner.

Three women, strong and fierce make decisions that will change their lives forever. The Braid is aptly named after the storyline and I couldn't possibly find a better title. The story is fairly simple which almost walks along the lines of being bland. This story would make for a good movie but not too interesting as just a book. A light read when you're not looking for something too voluminous.

Rating -3/5. #thebraid
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Reading Progress

July 5, 2019 – Started Reading
July 6, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 7, 2019 – Shelved

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