The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi is slated for release in May, by William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. A riveting debut Kirkus calls a “haunting” novel “that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus.” Originally a self-published phenomenon, this novel is an intense, revelatory look at modern India and its people, illuminating the brutal underground world of human trafficking and the differences between the urban Indian culture of cities like Mumbai and the traditional village life.
About the Book:
India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother were. Attempting to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle-class family in Mumbai. There, she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that becomes a sisterhood.
But one night following the Bombay Bombings in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them, but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend—or stops wondering if she was responsible for Mukta’s abduction.
2004: Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India after her father’s death and is determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara in the first place.
Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, and then to Los Angeles and back again, The Color of Our Sky is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.
About the Author:
Amita Trasi was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She has an MBA in Human Resource Management, and currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two cats. This is her first novel.