Cover attraction is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. This is what she has to say…’I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by.’
I feel the same way. This past weekend I was browsing around Amazon.ca and came across a cover that caught my eye right away~The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan . I went on to read the description and from that decided to order the novel. I must mention also that the US Amazon cover of this novel is much different from Canada’s and I like the Canadian version much better so that’s the one I’m using. I did notice though that at Amazon.com I only ran across the hardcover and this is the paperback cover that I’ve used here so that could be the reason. The reason I love this cover so much is the simplicity of it, like the woman in the picture is reaching back to catch the lemon. This week’s cover attraction is…
The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan
Release Date: March 10, 2009
Product Description from Amazon.ca…
In a fiction debut to rival The God of Small Things, Padma Viswanathan gives us a richly detailed and intimate vision of an India we’ve never seen.
Inspired by her family history, Padma Viswanathan brings us deep inside the private lives of a Brahmin family as the subcontinent moves through sixty years of intense social and political change. At the novel’s heart is Sivakami, a captivating girl-child married at ten to an astrologer and village healer who is drawn to her despite his horoscope, which foretells an early death–depending on how the stars align when their children are born. All is safe with their daughter’s birth, but their second child, a son named Vairum, fulfills the prophecy: by eighteen, the child bride Sivakami is a widow with two young children.
According to the dictates of her caste, her head is shaved and she must don the widow’s white sari. From dawn to dusk, she is not allowed to contaminate herself with human touch, not even to comfort her small children. She dutifully follows custom, except for one act of rebellion: she insists on a secular education for her troubled son. While her choice ensures that Vairum fulfills his promise in a modernizing India, it also sets Sivakami on a collision course with him. Vairum, fatherless in childhood, childless as an adult, rejects the caste identity that is his mother’s mainstay, twisting their fates in fascinating and unbearable ways.
The Toss of a Lemon is heartbreaking and exhilarating, profoundly exotic and yet utterly recognizable in evoking the tensions that change brings to every family’s doorstep. It is also the debut of a major new voice in world fiction.
I think this novel sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. How about you, did you find any great covers this week and like me, it prompted you to add it to your wishlist or even purchase the book?