September 6, 2014

Travel the World in Books: ASIA

The Travel the World in Books Readathon is well under way and I am enjoying it a lot!  The participants are introducing me to all kinds of new books full of diversity.  

During the readathon I want to share with you some of my favorite books that have had me traveling around the world from the comfort of my own home.  

Today I am sharing four of my favorites that have had me traveling to Asia.


A Disobedient Girl: A Novel by Ru Freeman

Two interwoven stories about class and privilege in Sri Lanka, and lack thereof.  Beautifully written, the reader is instantly transported onto the train with Biso and her children fleeing an abusive husband, and into the world of Latha, a young servant who must deal with watching the girl of the family she works for, someone her age, claim all of the privileges she herself will never be afforded.


The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji

Saira is a free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistan descent and rejects the restrictions of her culture.  However, when tragedy strikes, Saira delves back into family memories and her trip to Pakistan as a teenager.  She discovers that there is more to her family's history and faith than she originally thought.  It is very thought-provoking and the prose sweeps you right into the story.


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns follows two women and the second-class treatment they are subjected to in Taliban-run Afghanistan simply because they are women.  We also get to see the bravery and resilience and compassion of Laila and Mariam, who will carve niches into your soul and stay with you long after you have turned the last page.


Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

This biographical novel mostly takes place in 19th century Idaho, but it begins in China where Lalu's father regrettably has to sell her when famine strikes.  She first is sold to a brothel and then to a slave ship bound for America, where she is then won in a poker game.  But Charlie then frees her from her enslavement and even though the two come from vastly different backgrounds, love begins winding its way into their lives on Charlie's homestead. It is an intriguing story of how love does not limit itself, but can be found with those whom you initially believe you have nothing in common. 

Looking for more books set in Asia?  Check out my relevant Take Me Away posts:

Other Travel the World in Books Readathon Posts on I'm Lost in Books:
My Goals for the Readathon

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