Yes, that's high praise. I've read some good books lately. But nothing like this.
I couldn't put it down. I went to bed late...then I was nearly in tears over my morning coffee...and again over my lunch.
It's about a 13-year-old Nepalese girl, Lakshmi, who lives in the mountains, but is sold into prostitution by her step-father. It's written in short, poetic vignettes. And, well...let me just say that I don't know when the last time it was that I read something so heartbreakingly powerful. It is full of beauty in ways that I cannot explain.
I would write more about it...but I want you to read it instead.
Read an excerpt here.
Read the book jacket summary here.
Buy it here.