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Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
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Jul 23, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

Perkins gives another beautifully-written book with characters readers care about. The rich details of place and culture underscore the deep emotions Asha, Reet and their mother feel at dislocation and grief. I loved the images of depression as "The Jailer"and a psychologist as "a mender of minds."

I did not find the ending to be satisfying, but given the theme of fairy tales and how Asha emphasizes that real life doesn't have a happy ending, I think this author choice was true to the story, the time and the possible choices for these young women's lives. I'm ready for a sequel to show how each sister's life changed and how she might have been able to carve out her own identity despite difficult choices. How about a book with alternating chapters in each sister's voice, from their respective countries?
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