Jak è uno studioso di cicloni che porta i capelli a spazzola, vestiti comodi e un orecchino di diamante; Mira una perfetta padrona di casa che scrive galatei per mogli di manager e vive in una vecchia casa lilla piena di ricordi. Da un giorno all'altro Mira si ritrova senza punti di riferimento: il marito se n'è andato, i conti non tornano, e tutto, improvvisamente, dipende da lei: i figli, la madre e la nonna arroccate nelle loro abitudini, la casa amatissima e ingombrante. È l'inizio traumatico di una nuova vita, che la obbliga a riconsiderare il proprio ruolo e il proprio passato, a riscoprire in sé risorse e ambizioni sepolte. Anche la vita di Jak deve ripartire: rientrato in India dagli Stati Uniti, assiste disperato la figlia diciannovenne, vittima di un terribile incidente, e non riesce a darsi pace, tra il bisogno di appurare la verità su quanto le è accaduto, e il senso di colpa per non averla saputa proteggere. Il cuore della storia è l'incontro sommesso eppur decisivo tra Mira e Jak in un paese in cui convivono con qualche stridore il peso delle tradizioni e la complessità del presente, e insieme la loro capacità di «accettare l'inevitabile» e guadagnarsi nuove prospettive... Una storia che è una riflessione sulla famiglia, sull'essere moglie, marito, genitori e figli, ma anche una rivisitazione delicata e sorprendente del tema amoroso.
- ISBN: 8860886422
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 385
- Data di uscita: 06-05-2010
I really felt that this book should be turned into a movie, but only by a director who is as good as a writer Anita is. Its gripping from page one till the end. I took this book to my trip to Goa and I finished it while my kids and husband took naps. I was so taken by the book that I kept thinking a Leggi tutto
A story focussing on relationships, especially the fragile man-made marital bond and the strong bond of parent child relationship. Past few days I was peeking into the world of Meera and Jak and their family and friends . I am still reeling under the shock of what happened to Smriti. This book slowly Leggi tutto
Loved it immensely...the cyclone stories and the story and the characters and the way it was told.. Anita Nair is one author who has not disaappointed me so far..
I won this book from Goodreads and couldn't wait to read - I wasn't disappointed. The book consumes your attention from the very start. It's a wonderful story of people dealing with their own personal losses and shows how resiliant the human spirit is. Meera loses her identity when her husband sudde Leggi tutto
It is hard for me to know what to write about the Lilac House. It took me weeks to finish it because I just didn't want to pick it up. The book was hard to follow, the story seemed to jump around. But I did finish it, and the last half was more engaging. I loved Meera, though, and how her character
What amazed me most about this book was that I kept forgetting it was set in India - only when the characters mentioned the names of towns or food did I think, "Oh, that's right, this woman lives in India, not America." May Be Spoilers (depending on what you think spoilers entail): I loved the one r Leggi tutto
A beautifully crafted story of two lives : JAK and Meera whose world collides when Giri, the perfect husband of Meera goes missing one fine September afternoon. The story dwells on the universal theme of love, loss, grief and the rediscovery of the self. Gripping from page one, I completed the book i Leggi tutto
I'm debating whether to give this a 4 or a 4.5. It had me from page one with "somewhere in her a little girl skips." It's a really well-written book with important themes and interesting characters. Although I'm not usually a fan of mystery, the mystery surrounding Jak's daughter kept me guessing ti Leggi tutto
It started out slow for me and at times it was hard to follow. The story seemed to jump around at first, but once I got a clear picture of who these characters were and how they related to eachother I became invest in what happened to them. I thought Merra was a very likable character. I found mysel Leggi tutto
This book is very well crafted; I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the plot, the pacing. A sometimes quite sad story about grief, starting over and different types of love, these are familiar themes to fans of Anita Nair, themes which are skillfully woven through and around the different life stor Leggi tutto
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