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A House Called Askival
A House Called Askival

A House Called Askival

FICTION

256 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $11.99 (US $11.99) (CA $13.99)

Publication Date: November 2014

ISBN 9781908754608

Rights: US & CA

Freight Books (Nov 2014)

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Overview

A stunning and beguiling debut set in India, with a dual narrative, one in the past just after Partition, and the other in the present dayJames Connor is a man who, burdened with guilt following a tragic event in his youth, has dedicated his life to serving India. Ruth Connor is his estranged daughter who, as a teenager, always knew she came second to her parents' missionary vocation and rebelled, with equally tragic consequences. After 24 years away, Ruth finally returns to Askival, the family home in Mussoorie, a remote hill station in the Northern State of Uttarakhand, to tend to her dying father. There she must face the past and confront her own burden of guilt if she is to cross the chasm that has grown between them. In this extraordinary and assured debut, Merryn Glover draws on her own upbringing as a child of missionary parents in Uttarakhand to create a sensitive, complex, and epic journey through the sights, sounds, and often violent history of India from Partition to the present day.

Author Biography

Merryn Glover was born in a former Royal Palace in Kathmandu and brought up in South Asia. Her writing has been published in newspapers and broadcast on radio. She is the author of the full length play The Long Way Home. This is her first novel.