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Monsoon summer, Julia Gregson

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Monsoon summer
Title
Monsoon summer
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Julia Gregson
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eng
Summary
"By the award-winning author of East of the Sun, an epic love story moving from England to India, about the forbidden love between a young Indian doctor and an English midwife. Oxfordshire, 1947. Kit Smallwood, hiding a painful secret and exhausted from nursing soldiers during the Second World War, escapes to Wickam Farm where her friend is setting up a charity sending midwives to the Moonstone Home in South India. Then Kit meets Anto, an Indian doctor finishing his medical training at Oxford. But Kit's light skinned mother is in fact Anglo-Indian with secrets of her own, and Anto is everything she does not want for her daughter. Despite the threat of estrangement, Kit is excited for the future, hungry for adventure, and deeply in love. She and Anto secretly marry and set off for South India--where Kit plans to run the maternity hospital she's helped from afar. But Kit's life in India does not turn out as she imagined. Anto's large, traditional family wanted him to marry an Indian bride and find it hard to accept Kit. Their relationship under immense strain, Kit's job is also fraught with tension as they both face a newly independent India, where riots have left millions dead and there is deep-rooted suspicion of the English. In a rapidly changing world, Kit's naivete is to land her in a frightening and dangerous situation... Based on true accounts of European midwives in India, Monsoon Summer is a powerful story of secrets, the nature of home, the comforts and frustrations of family, and how far we'll go to be with those we love"--
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  • In the aftermath of WWII, Kit Smallwood leaves bombed-out London for the respite of Oxfordshire to help a family friend set up Moonstone Home, a maternity hospital in India. Kit, a former midwifery student too traumatized to finish her training, intends to restrict herself to administrative work until she meets Anto, an Indian doctor who is doing translation for the charity. Defying the objections of Kit’s mother and the arranged marriage waiting for Anto, they marry and set off for India. But while Kit arrives optimistic about her marriage and her work, before long she is chafing against the restrictions placed on her by Anto’s traditional family and by a society that looks down on midwives. As she is drawn further into the world of Moonstone Home, anti-English sentiment in newly independent India begins to threaten both her work and those she loves. Gregson (Jasmine Nights, 2012) draws on accounts of the experiences of English midwives in India to weave a compelling tale of the complex ties of family, class, and culture. -- Harmon, Lindsay (Reviewed 7/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 21, p42)
  • This ambitious historical novel from Gregson (East of the Sun) follows British nurse and aspiring midwife Kit Smallwood, who marries an Oxford-educated doctor, Anto Thekkeden, and moves with him to India shortly after the country gains independence in 1947
			. Haunted by the death of a baby on her watch, Kit is reluctant to pursue her midwife certificate. Nonetheless, she promises family friend Daisy Barker that she’ll help get Daisy’s favorite charity, a clinic for poor women called the Moonstone, up and running. Kit and Anto soon realize that their idealistic plans will be challenged by Anto’s wealthy high-caste family. Kit is especially disparaged by Anto’s mother, Kunjamma, who hoped that after his long absence abroad he would marry a local girl of similar status. Kit learns that the Moonstone is in dire need of staff and supplies, and begins to dedicate more and more of her time to the increasingly risky
			 job, much to her new family’s chagrin. Strong characters make Gregson’s novel a powerhouse. The need to preserve honor and avoid shame drives the Thekkeden clan and leads them to keep secrets from one another that snowball. Kit’s desire to help people eventually gets her into trouble with both her family and the law. Gregson does a fantastic job of pitting conventional ways against progressive thinking without demonizing either side. This story covers a lot of ground—family vs. the other, new vs. old, science vs. superstition—and only falters when bending the plot a certain way at convenient points. This small flaw doesn’t detract from a powerful and memorable novel. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/03/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 40, p)
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Gregson, Julia
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Midwives
  • Physicians
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Anglo-Indians
  • Interracial marriage
  • Family secrets
  • Social conflict
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Romance / Historical
  • FICTION / Literary
  • Anglo-Indians
  • Family secrets
  • Interracial marriage
  • Midwives
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Physicians
  • Social conflict
  • India
  • England
  • India
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Monsoon summer, Julia Gregson
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text
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1667434
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9781476725260
Lccn
2016021997
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781476725260
  • (OCoLC)952469979
Label
Monsoon summer, Julia Gregson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1667434
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9781476725260
Lccn
2016021997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781476725260
  • (OCoLC)952469979

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