No Spoiler Book Review of the Beautiful Debut Novel – Part Star Part Dust, L M Valiram
Title: Part Star Part Dust
Author: L M Valiram
Copyright: L M Valiram 2017
A millionaire, a widow and a monk. A plane crash. In Part Star, Part Dust, the poignant and unforgettable debut novel by L.M. Valiram, three destinies are linked for eternity in a tale narrated by Time.
Meet Radha. She was left in a dumpster on the side streets of Mumbai to die as she was born; premature and undernourished. Meet Mira. At sixteen she is to marry a man she has never met before. On her wedding day, she carries a knife. And Gaurav. People say love is more important than money. But what happens when having one means you can’t have the other?
Scattered across India, these three are intertwined in unlikely ways: the flower shop owned by Mira’s husband employs Radha’s boyfriend, Mira and Gaurav become partners in business and most importantly, an ill-fated trip to Delhi links them all in death and life. Set in the sensuous worlds of Bombay and Delhi, Valiram’s dazzling novel explores the deep meanings of love, family, and time.
The blurb just about covers this, it’s a literary novel, following various well drawn characters through their lives. It is a fairly short book (the frustration with ebooks is that you can’t ‘feel’ it’s weight)
Again the blurb gives you the basics. The book is heavy in dialogue which I loved, I found myself almost reading to myself with an Asian accent due to the accurate and immersive text.
One character above all is the country, the culture, it comes across really strongly and absorbs the reader with it’s people, customs and faiths. It isn’t intrusive though, so don’t be discouraged, it’s an easy read with the author’s love of people and place coming through.
All the way through I felt I was being carried along by the author. It reads like an epic, maybe one day we’ll see it transformed into film, it has that cinematic feel.
YES YES! I look forward to the next book by V M Valiram, her writing is exquisite.
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