From an award-winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India—a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.
“Sleeping dictionary” was the term for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting.
Sujata Banerjee Massey is the author of nine mysteries published by HarperCollins. Her work had been published in England, Australia, Finland, Holland, Japan, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Australia, Italy, Romania, and Norway.
“The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal, and survival, is historical fiction at its best,accessible to all audiences.” (Booklist)
“There is sadness, tragedy, joy, love, and triumph – everything saga readers enjoy.” (Romantic Times)
“The Sleeping Dictionary is the book that Sujata Massey was meant to write — an ambitious story of suspense and love and identity, rendered in lush, captivating language. To read it is to step into a fast-moving time machine that delivers us to places and events that will be new to many readers. An exciting, bold work.” (Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good)