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( Read E-pub ) ⚟ An Unrestored Woman à In An Unrestored Woman, The Partition Of India And Pakistan InCuts A Jagged Path Through The Lives Of Ordinary Women And Men, Leaving Ripples Of Sorrow Through Time And Space Each Couplet Of Stories Spans The Indian Subcontinent, From Refugee Camps And Torched Trains To The Spacious Verandas Of The British Raj, And Billows Into The Wider World An Old Woman Recounts The Murdering Of What Was Most Precious To Her, And The Many Small Cuts That Led Her To That Act A Girl Forced Into Prostitution Wields Patience As Deftly As A Weapon, And Manages To Escape Her Fate An Indian Servant Falls In Love With His Employer, And Spins A Twisted Web Of DeceitThe Characters In These Fearless Stories Stumble Occasionally Towards Love, Often Towards Survival And Find That History, Above All, Is Their Truest And Greatest Opponent And What Emerges, In The Midst Of Newly Erected Barriers, Boundaries, And Nations, Is A Journey Into The Centre Of The Only Place That Matters The Human Heart I could tell within the first few sentences that this would be a beautiful read It is a gorgeous book A collection of stories portrays the diverse experience of Partition in 1947 Each story is unique and accessible, and heartfelt and tragic Several stories are paired to create a dynamic tension, revealing how the earlier story led to or unraveled into a latter one This book gives voice to and honors an awful piece of our world history, a scar of colonialism that endures and a shame the British cannot deny Rao gave me a glimpse of the individual and realistic tragedies and, in doing so, brought into a clearer frame how millions suffered some 70 years ago I believe that we are still suffering from this and that much of the current social unrest in the South Asian region can be traced directly to Partition and imperialism.I didn t want the book to end I m definitely waiting for her next book.I refer to feminist rehearsal here as a concept that helps me grapple with the past, our history As a reader, I seek art that helps me address, redress, understand, frame and re frame where we are today The stories in this book are not only imaginings of historical events, they also represent lived experiences at some level and in doing so help us reckon with the present. An Unrestored Woman is Shobha Rao s debut collection about the shared grief that occurred starting with the 1949 partition of India and Pakistan Prior to the publication of this novel, one of the stories won inclusion in The Best American Short Stories two years ago Rao s historical fiction that also gives a voice to in depth, multi layered characters has gained inclusion in my women s history month lineup Creating characters with backstories, Rao allows them to move from one story to the next As a result the collection reads almost like vignettes in one novel rather than a group of stories This is first evident in the first two powerful stories, An Unrestored Woman and The Merchant s Mistress In the first story we meet Neela and Renu on a compound for widows They forge a relationship bordering on love in their shared grief and then their lives take diverging paths Renu winds up as a maid for a merchant s wife, becomes the merchant s mistress, and follows him to South Africa to create a new life for herself that would not have been possible as a widow in a Muslim country Although Renu s story ends here, her tale moves from one of grief to that of hope A theme in all of these stories is shared grief either in relationships or over what might have been During the partition, Hindus and Muslims torched each other s land, killing mainly the men in a religious warfare We find this in The Opposite of Sex where by changing a map, Mohan not only alters history, but also two countries opinions of him In Kavitha and Mustafa, Muslims torch an entire train of Hindus attempting to escape Pakistan The fact that Kavitha and Mustafa escaped became their secret, and neither spoke of it again This story, focusing on the bravery of an innocent child, won Rao a short story award On top of the grief over the partition and the losses its characters felt, Rao brings a voice to a historical event that is often overlooked in western history books Rao develops plausible scenarios resulting from this event in stories as short as sixteen pages Distrust of other religions, the treatment of widows, and both migration and immigration took place following the partition, and Rao allows her readers a window into each occurrence An Unrestored Woman takes its name from the millions of women recovered to India from Pakistan following the partition Yet, Rao chooses to call these women restored in order to give themdignity Receiving the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, Shobha Rao is an up and coming writer, and I would look forward to reading her future novels. Usually I m all in favor of not reading too much about books before starting them In this case, though, I wish I d noted ahead of time that these are paired short stories Each story overlaps just enough with its partner to cast a skewed light, ever so slightly warping and twisting what you thought you knew about the characters or their situation Sadly, I was slow to catch on to this pattern Having never encountered a paired short story collection, I assumed all the stories in the book were linked, and thus wasted a fair amount of energy looking for repeating characters throughout the book I should have recognized Rao had adopted a straightforward, rigid structure for the collection, because the stories themselves are so well organized and perfectly contained That s probably not a sexy way to describe a short story, but it appeals immensely to my concrete sequential brain Rao also wisely limits herself thematically by focusing the entire collection on one historical event Partition when, in 1947, India and Pakistan were divided by a line on a map into two distinct countries.I couldn t help but compare Rao s collection with another I read recently, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi If Oyeyemi s stories are like overgrown gardens that require a reader to bushwhack her way out beautiful but oh so thorny , Rao s stories are like perfectly smooth glass paperweights, plenty hefty but complete in themselves I loved both collections, but upon reflection, they really could not bedifferent.This is already one of my favorite books of the year hard but redemptive in theme, spare and precise in style Rao has a mysterious way of making her characters immediately knowable a few lines in and you re right with her, waiting with wide eyes to see what will happen to them And I know people say this all the time, but I can t believe this is a debut With regards to Flatiron Books and Goodreads for the review copy, which I was lucky enough to win in a recent giveaway On sale now More book recommendations by me at www.readingwithhippos.com This was very difficult for me to read With that said, I would recommend it to every one of my Goodread s friends You feel Rao s heart and the heart and mind of each person depicted in this book that deals with the lives of people involved in the partition of Pakistan and India in 1947.