the story of two English women drawn to India: one, the wife of an English colonial official in the 1920s, and the second, her granddaughter, who wants to find out more about an ancient scandal involving her grandmother. Great characterization of the two women and (from the perspective of someone who has never been to India) vivid descriptions of the country
Beautiful story, very well written. Booker Prize winner.
An English woman in the 1920's makes an unusual life in India, and 50 years later her step-granddaughter researches the story, making otheer choices about living in that country.
Set in India, Heat and Dust is the story of Olivia, a beautiful, spoiled, bored English colonial wife in the 1920s who is drawn inexorably into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply invovled in plots and intrigues. Olivia outrages the tiny, suffocating town where her husband is a civil servant by eloping with the captivating Nawab.
Fifty years later, Olivia's step-grandaughter is drawn to India by her fascination with the letters left behind by Olivia.
A penetrating and compassionate love story.