An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller.
From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.
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About the Author
A former attorney, Sejal Badani is the author of the bestselling novel and Goodreads Fiction Award finalist Trail of Broken Wings. When not writing, Sejal enjoys reading and traveling.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sejal Badani, Author of “The Storyteller’s Secret” has written a captivating, intriguing, emotional , riveting, and emotional story. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction with a touch of Romance. The timeline is in both the present and the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The story is told in both the United States, and India. The author vividly describes the colorful cast of characters and the landscapes with great detail. Jaya, a journalist is devastated after her third miscarriage, and feels that her marriage is falling apart. Jaya’s parents try to be there for her, but here is something that is missing in her relationship with her mother. Jaya feels that she is at loose ends and wants to find herself, and happiness again. While she is at her parent’s house, there is news that her mother’s father is dying, and the mother is requested to come to India. Instead Jaya uses this as an opportunity to heal and discover information about her family, that her mother has never talked about. Jaya’s mother has never wanted to go back to India, and doesn’t discuss what happened. Jaya is determined as a journalist that she will write about her trip to India. Ravi, her grandmother’s former servant meets Jaya, and starts to tell her grandmother’s story. Java was not aware of the deep secrets, courage, hurt, and dreams that her grandmother had. Jaya’s grandmother was a writer as well. Why hasn’t Jaya’s mother ever told her about her grandmother? Jaya learns not only many Indian customs, she becomes aware of the history of India during the British occupation. She sees evidence of both poverty and beauty. Jaya visits the orphanage, and sees the discrimination among the different classes. I enjoyed the descriptions of the customs, holidays, foods, and people in India. I appreciate that the author describes the Caste system, and provides the historical background that adds so much to India’s history. This is a story of dreams, love and finding oneself. I would highly recommend this for readers who enjoy Historical Fiction.
Jaya loses her marriage after suffering three miscarriages. The latter sorrows weren’t what destroyed her bond with Patrick; instead their lack of communication increased over time until there was nothing left to say. Jaya also has the same chasm separating her and her mother Lena. Suddenly, Java decides to travel to India after her mother receives a note that her father is dying. Lena refuses to go, saying she was told to leave India and never return. But the story behind that directive remains unknown, trapped in Lena’s sorrowful stubbornness to tell the story behind that exile. Indeed, Jaya will discover the parts of herself that she has refused to own by discovering her grandmother and grandfather’s story, through the benign goodness of Ravi, an “untouchable” who for years served as Jaya’s grandmother’s servant. A strict tradition mandates every contact and rule in the small-town Jaya visits. Ravi agrees to tell the story Jaya so longs to hear. Over time, Jaya learns of what it means when an Indian woman, Amisha, dares to dream of learning to read and write, to tell stories. Her passion about it and the bond she forms with Stephen, a British soldier and the man in charge of the local small school for Indian girls. Their passion becomes one after a beautifully depicted series of events and conversations. The end of their bond is heart-wrenching but true to reality. Amisha is indeed like the Indian goddess she so admires, Durga, “…the universal source of all power, energy and creativity,” a link of strength demonstrating the similarities of Amisha and her granddaughter, Jaya. Jaya must tell stories and does so with great skill. Amish did the same, and the exercises she gave her students are simple but profound catalysts for eliciting “real” and “powerful” stories. One example of her teaching is stunningly painful but true to reality. The Storyteller’s Secret… is a grand work of historical fiction that one will always remember! Highly recommended reading crafted by a skilled, gifted author!!!
Wow, what an extraordinary novel! I loved every page of this magnificently crafted, heartwrenching, touching story. I read the book in one day because I didn’t want to put it down, not even for a moment. I was utterly engrossed in this novel. The author transported me to India and into the hearts and minds of Amisha, Jaya, Lena, and Ravi. I empathized with the characters, learned their culture, and had my heart broken a few times. I agonized and rejoiced with Amisha, Jaya, and Lena, and fell in love with Ravi, while he cried and unburdened his heart. The Storyteller’s Secret is a thought-provoking, moving novel; so well-written that the characters come alive in it. I didn’t want the book to end. This is a story about sacrifice, choices, friendship, and love. It’s also unforgettable. Highly, highly recommended. Five-shining stars from this reader. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!