I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
Isabel is the daughter of British parents, her father a high ranking Raj official. Her life is pampered and privileged, far removed from that of Asha – whose father swept the streets until he was falsely accused of theft and fired.
As adults their lives cross paths again, Isabel is a bored housewife trapped in a loveless marriage and Asha a teacher fighting for independence.
Told from the perspective of the women themselves McGivering presents the fading opulence and extreme poverty of both sides of the independence battle. As the Second World War looms will these women end up on the right side of history?
I found this utterly enthralling – I’m a massive history geek so that intrigued me right off. India’s struggle to shake off the British Empire isn’t exactly taught in schools. I also really appreciated the two protagonists being female – women’s voices are so often from the narrative of history.
It’s also really well written, the story flows and the characters felt real. There’s a lot packed into this book and I will be mulling over it for a while.
Daughters of India is published in hardback on the 22nd July so if it sounds like something you’d enjoy (and I hope it does) then place an order at your bookseller of choice now.