Shiva Dancing Author:Bharti Kirchner Unfolding a rich tapestry of intersecting cultures and passions, Shiva Dancing takes us from the desert plains of northern India to the bustle and charm of San Francisco to modern day Calcutta as a spirited woman seeks to reconnect with her past. Meena Kumari was seven years old when she was abducted from her village in Rajasthan. Though she m... more »anaged to escape a life of slavery, she was never able to find her way home and was adopted by a wealthy American couple. Now thirty-five, Meena has a successful career in San Francisco, but lacks a personal life and keenly feels her separation from her heritage. Lonely and homesick, she decides to try to find her old village in Rajasthan and the man designated to be her husband in a childhood arranged marriage. But her mission is complicated by her growing involvement with Antoine Dobson, a sexy American novelist, who seems to find in Meena the same completeness she seeks for herself. As Meena embarks for India, she begins a journey that will change her profoundly but leave her with a new faith in herself that comes from personal discovery.
Shiva Dancing appeals to a growing audience for Indian women's fiction. Bharti Kirchner joins such notable authors as Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Gita Mehta, and Bharati Mukherjee.
Shiva Dancing is commercial women's fiction with a multicultural twist.« less