TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS: A Novel ~Sejal Badani
“Never depend on another person for your happiness. If someone had the authority to give, then he or she had the authority to take away.” (location 142)
I did not know what to expect from the book TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS. I knew it was an immigration story and a debut novel but did not know much more. I am often tempted to read the book descriptions sent by the publishers for advanced reading copies of books; I resisted and just dove into reading the story. TLC Book Tours sent me a copy for review.
Three sister’s elegantly tell their stories of their lives in the USA after their family moves from India as an opportunity for daughters to achieve success and excel for the family when there are no sons. Their father was successful and kind in India but he who was an engineer in his home country now can only get work in a tire store and experiences great racism and difficult circumstances. He is driven to control his daughters and wife to the point of verbal and physical abuse. He is in a coma and the family is forced to look at their lives and the shame they feel; the sad and unhappy outcomes of their lives. A family story emerges as the family secrets are confronted by the violence exposed and events manifesting in their contemporary lives.
What blooms in the family tree as the family progresses and what changes in the patterns, so that history may not repeat itself? Can destructive behavior ever manifest real or solid success and provide growth and change for communication and allow love to emerge?
The telling of Sonja, Trisha, and Marin’s stories opens up the reader to explore what was expected of them from their own families and fathers. How does original enculturation interfere or enhance a huge change in structures and systems and how does it breakdown the basic traits and expectations? What are the freedoms that are attached to this change and could it be thought of as a good concept. TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS will challenge one’s thinking and expectations.
I highly recommend TRAIL OF BROKEN WINGS for those who like family dynamics, secrets revealed and want a story to end with hope for the future.
I was interested to see that Amazon already had 547 4+ reviews for this debut novel.
Sejal Badani is a former attorney. She currently lives on the West Coast with her family and their 2 dogs.