Thursday, September 6, 2018

Book Beginning: The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani




I was five years old when I begged my mother for a dog.

The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani. Jaya, a New York journalist, has traveled to India to recover from personal heartbreak and uncover her family's past secrets. The story moves between Jaya's present day experiences and those of her grandmother in the 1930s, during the British occupation.

The Storyteller's Secret has all the makings of a Book Club favorite.

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the sound of this one!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

A vey relatable first sentence!

Bev Bouwer said...

How many of us didn't nag parents for a pet at age 5? I suppose only those who already had dogs. Love it. And the premise sounds good too.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

A very 'ordinary' opening line, for what is a very extraordinary book, if all the amazing ratings and reviews are anything to go by.

In fact, both books by this author, sound like excellent pieces of literary fiction and solid works of social commentary.

I can't recall reading any previous books set in India, so these are definitely worthy of serious consideration.

Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading :)


Anne Bennett said...

This does sound like it would make a good book club selection.

Ronnie said...

We've all been there.. begging for a dog as 5 year olds.

Ronnie @ Paradise Found

Elizabeth said...

LOVE the cover, and the book sounds VERY good.

Thanks for sharing, and have a great Friday and weekend.

Yvonne said...

Sounds interesting and emotional. Have a great weekend!

fredamans said...

Sounds so good that I have a giveaway for the book on my site if your readers are interested;

Roberta said...

I must admit the cover alone made me want to pick it up. Lovely. After reading the excerpt at Freda's Voice,I wanted to read it even more. Thank you for sharing.

Hope you are having a good week.

Katherine P said...

All I need to see was "uncovering family secrets" and I was in!

Sassy Brit said...

I begged for a cat at that age!! :)

Great choice. Beauty of a cover, too!

Nicki J Markus said...

Sounds like it could be an interesting story.

Tea said...

I would like reading this book. I like when a relative travels back in time to their parents' or another relative's past. I like seeing the word "storyteller" in a title too.

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