‘You certainly took your time to show up. Year after year, we waited, your father and I, nerves jangling . . . I never gave up on you, I want you to know that. In the last year I sensed that your father had given up and I tried to tell him not to but he was already drifting away from me and nothing I said seemed to make a difference anymore.’
Rebirth is the story of Kaberi, a young woman coming to grips with an uncertain marriage. It is also an intimate portrait of the passionate bond between a mother and her unborn child. Moving between Bangalore and Guwahati the novel weaves together Kaberi’s inner and outer worlds as she negotiates the treacherous waters of betrayal and loss—an unfaithful husband, a troubled relationship with her parents and the death of a childhood friend.
With characteristic restraint and disarming honesty Jahnavi Barua lays bare the disquieting predicaments of contemporary urban life and reveals the imeless and redemptive power of love, friendship and self-renewal.
About the Author :
Jahnavi Barua is a writer based in Bangalore. Her first book, Next Door, a collection of short stories set mainly in Assam, was published by Penguin in 2008 to critical acclaim. Her short stories have been widely anthologized. This is her first novel.
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