“Quite remarkable...'The Seduction of Silence' is a work of persuasive imagination, of such scope, power and narrative charm that it does make you wonder, as with Salman Rushdie and Rohinton Mistry and others, whether all good modern writing has an essential connection with the Indian sub-continent.”
Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize-winning author of 'Schindler's Ark' ('Schindler's List')
“Passion, grief and glory infuse this novel, which is at once wholly original and yet squarely in the tradition of the great family sagas. In prose as vivid and arresting as a marigold, Le Hunte gives us five generations of seekers. Her account of what they find, and what they must lose is irresistible. I couldn’t put it down.”
Geraldine Brooks - Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'March'
From a haunted room in the Spiritualist Church of Great Britain to the breathtaking hills of the Himalayas, 'The Seduction of Silence' takes us on the spiritual and emotional journeys of five generations in a remarkable Indian family.
Aakash, venerated sage and healer, is the founder of Prakriti - an abundant ayurvedic farm in the Himalayas. From this soulful mountain home, his children and grandchildren set off to make the journeys that create their destinies: Ram to search for enlightenment; Tulsi Devi to a convent in Lahore where her life will change forever; Rohini across the world on a painted bus to a new land and a radical new kind of freedom.
Encountering aghoris who smear themselves with the ashes of the dead and eat food out of human skulls; eunuchs who dance, tease and lure; and a midwife as radical as any witch burnt at the stake in years gone by, 'The Seduction of Silence' is an important debut of immense power and magic.
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