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Sister India by Peggy Payne GIVEAWAY


Sister India by Peggy Payne


The exotic and suspenseful New York Times Notable Book that tells the story of an eccentric guest-house keeper in Varanasi, India, and the passions evoked by her sacred city along the Ganges.

The Lonely Planet recommends the Saraswati Guest House, and meeting Madame Natraja, “a one-woman blend of East and West,” as well worth a side trip. Over the course of a weekend, several guests turn up, shocked to encounter a three-hundred-some-pound, surly white woman in a sari. Then a series of Hindu-Muslim murders leads to a citywide curfew, and they unwittingly become her captives. So begins a period of days blending into nights as Natraja and her Indian cook become entangled in a web of religious violence, and their guests fall under the spell of this ancient kingdom–at once enthralled and repelled by the begging children, the public funeral pyres, the holy men bathing in the Ganges at dawn. This is a traveler’s tale, a story about the strange chemistry that develops from unexpected intimacies on foreign ground. And Peggy Payne‘s extraordinary talent vividly conjures up the smells of the perfume market, the rhythms of holy men chanting at dawn, the claustrophobic feel of this ancient city’s tiny lanes, and the magic of the setting sun over the holy Ganges. For anyone who has harbored a secret desire to go to India and be transformed, Sister India, called “mesmerizing” by Gail Harris and “a modern version of E. M. Forster’s classic A Passage to India” by Dan Wakefield, takes you on this journey without ever leaving home.

Peggy Payne is a writer who dodged being a minister.  She saw her calling was instead to write about body and spirit, to explore in fiction my metaphysical questions.  She has spent the past 35+ years as a freelancer, with 2 novels, 2 nonfiction books, magazine and newspaper articles from 25+ countries, a few seasons as a TV reporter, copy for ad agencies, a winter in India, and her manuscript and career consulting services for writers.



I found this novel very interesting and intriguing and you can learn more at review websites in India.  I enjoyed the storyline and all that I learned of areas of the world I may never ever see.  The plot was well developed and a string of events leads from one thing to another that continue to keep the reader’s attention.  I tend to enjoy books that have historic references more than any other form of fiction.  It did take me a while to “get into” this book but once I had a firm grasp on the setting and characters it became very difficult to walk away from.
I received a copy of Sister India in exchange for an honest review.



One lucky The Stuff of Success reader will win a digital copy of Sister India by Peggy Payne.  The prize will be sent directly to the winner from the sponsor.   The giveaway will run until 02/18/15 at 11:59pm EST.  The winner will be chosen randomly via Giveaway Tools and will be announced on the Giveaway Tool Widget.  Any taxes or other charges that may be part of the prize are the winner’s sole responsibility.  The giveaway is open to United States residents only.  You must be over 18 years of age and you guarantee that you are eligible by entering.  We reserve the right to cancel any giveaway.  No purchase is necessary. One entry per person per household.

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