Small town India, horrific crime, middle-aged chain-smoking hard-drinking female social worker, ravishing tutor, corrupt cops, imprisoned unwanted 14 year old girl.  It might sound like the elements are cliched or overdone.  But the simplicity and straightforwardness with which the story is told blew me away, and this is the first novel I've read about cultural changes in India from a woman's perspective.  Really excellent book.  #novel #india
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