Homeless Bird

Gloria Whelan


It seems this book has generated a bit of controversy among people saying that it isn’t a true picture of India. I don’t know enough to judge their arguments.  I would say that if you think they are right, it doesn’t take away from the quality of the writing or of the story. Thirteen-year-old Koly is married off to a sickly boy, whose family needs the dowry money to make a pilgrimage hoping for his healing.

Instead, he dies, and his father dies shortly after. Her mother-in-law, not wishing for another person to support, abandons her in a city where she knows no one. Resourceful Koli soon makes her way and obtains work by embroidering her original designs on quilts.

Read as a story of one young woman’s struggle to survive and thrive, this story is enjoyable.


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