Keeping Corner

Keeping Corner

Book - 2007
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In India in the 1940's, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786838592
0786838590
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm.

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branch_reviews Nov 16, 2012

This novel is set in pre-industrial India. The main character in the book is Leela who belongs to the elite Brahmin class, the upper crust of Indian society. She is awaiting her formal marriage to the man she has been wedded to since she was two years old. Leela has wanted for nothing. Her parents and her extended family have made sure she had all the luxuries and all the live they could give her since the time they would have with her would be short. However, disaster strikes. Her future husband is bitten by a snake and dies: her life as she knew it will be no more. She is a widow. She will never be allowed to remarry. She will be considered unlucky and she will be shunned. This book gives you an insight to another culture and its traditions and how people come to terms with them and in many ways try to change them. A really good read. Reviewed by CN

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Nov 11, 2011

Keeping Corner- In 1940s India and its the time of the peace act against the British led by Mahatma Gandhi. A horrible time for her family. But when thirteen-teen year old Leela's husband suddenly dies, she becomes a widow and must keep corner for a year.
This book was a really good historical fiction and tells how people were like in this time period. If you like this book you would like the book Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.
I would reccomend this to any one thirteen or older.

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