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A Cycle of the Moon
|It was a tense
autumn the year Mayura came away from her husband saying she
was never ever returning to that uncouth, lustful monster.
Everyone in the family was affected by her presence to a
greater extent than they had thought likely. A sense of
collective guilt emasculated the men even while they
lectured her on the moral duty of returning to her wedded
husband. A sense of outrage mingled inexplicably with a
sense of secret sorrow alienated women from themselves and
from each other. No one knew what to make of her or of
themselves. And meanwhile, she moved as though nothing,
nobody, could touch her. And those who thought they had,
Using a deceptively simple and intimate style, Parameswaran explores the subtleties of love, marriage, sex, and family life in a changing Indian environment.
"[A] delightful novel. . . . With Cycle of the Moon, Winnipeg's Uma Parameswaran has added yet another fascinating piece to the rich field of Indo-Canadian literature."
—Winnipeg Free Press
"[Parameswaran] writes most beautifully and philosophically but in a simple and clear register. . . . The author does not just write from within herself, she writes from within her characters inner worlds, in a variety of voices that all sound authentic. The poet in Parameswaran also shines through in this novel. . . . With the complex issues it presents, the deep reflections it provokes and Parameswaran’s simple yet evocative writing style, A Cycle of the Moon is definitely worth reading."
—Maple Tree Literary Supplement
". . . a thoroughly enjoyable read. [ . . . ] Uma Parameswaran takes us deep into the politics of the extended family, tracing its complex interrelationships, intrigues, histories and developments through a period of crisis. [ . . . ] Parameswaran is an historian of a vanishing tribe."
—Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-62-0
Epub ISBN: 978-1-894770-79-8
Publication Date: October 2010
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