Teatime For The Firefly

by Shona Patel

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Teatime For The Firefly

by Shona Patel

On Sale: 10/01/2013


About the Book

'My name is Layla and I was born under an unlucky star.'

Layla Roy has defied the fates. Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb – a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India during the spring of 1943, when young women's lives were predetermined – if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.

Layla's life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world's finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labour and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey–soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man–eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialise, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.

But navigating the tea–garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla's remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.

Critical Praise

'Patel's remarkable debut effortlessly transports readers back to India on the brink of independence.' — Booklist Starred Review

'A lyrical novel that touches on themes both huge and intimate and, like Layla, is so quietly bold that we might miss its strength if we fail to pay attention.' — Kirkus Reviews

'The historical detail makes this debut novel a rich reading experience. Those who enjoy historical fiction and portraits of foreign cultures will surely love this book.' — Library Journal

'The story ebbs and flows gracefully, sure to keep readers actively engaged and fervently enticed. Simply stated, Teatime for the Firefly is a true treasure.' — RT Book Reviews -


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781743644911
  • ISBN 10: 1743644914
  • Imprint: MIRA
  • On Sale: 10/01/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

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