Title: Exiled to Freedom
Author: S.G.D. Singh
Date of Publication: April 25th, 2018
Seventeen-year-old Joti lives a peaceful life on her ancestral farm in Punjab, far from political turmoil, foreign wars, and the struggle for independence. Then, in the summer of 1947, her country is suddenly partitioned to create two sovereign nations—Pakistan and India.
Punjab erupts into a shattered land of nightmares, torn apart by death and destruction. Before the violence subsides, millions of people will have lost their lives and Joti will be one of the countless refugees struggling to survive one of the greatest human tragedies of the modern era.
In the summer of 2018, seventeen-year-old Priya travels from her home in New York City to her great-grandmother’s farm in Punjab. As she searches for meaning in the materialistic and shallow existences of her American family, she becomes determined to uncover the mysteries of the past and heal her family’s wounds left too long unattended. Priya soon finds herself on an adventure of discovery, learning what it is to love and what it means to know true peace.
I am so incredibly picky with contemporary! Normally I like quirky reads because I hate getting emotional about real things but I’ve loved the author’s other books, so I was like, let me test the waters here! And I was not disappointed!
However this contemporary was cool because it had some historical stuff! We get two POVs—one present day and the other one going back to history. I loved both Priya and Biji! Priya really grows as a character as you read from her perspective from beginning until end. And Biji, I wanted to hug and bring her home with me!
This book is touching, emotional, with gorgeous writing and world building that takes you straight to India. I’ve always wanted to go there and now I want to even more. I highly recommend this one!
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