The Daughters of Madurai

The Daughters of Madurai

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 27/04/2023
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The Daughters of Madurai
A fantastic debut!
I'm late to theparty with this review, but I would echo what other reviewers have said. It's a terrific read, and I loved it. I got so completely involved... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross
The Daughters of Madurai
A breathtaking debut
A powerful debut that looks at how traditional Indian societies favoured the birth of boys over girls and what the darker side of this can look like. The a... READ MORE
Violet Daniels


Madurai, 1992. A young mother in a poor family, Janani is told she is useless if she can't produce a son - or worse, bears daughters. They let her keep her first baby girl, but the rest are taken away as soon as they are born - murdered before they have a chance to live. The fate of her children has never been in her hands. But Janani can't forget the daughters she was never allowed to love. Sydney, 2019. Nila has a secret, one she's been keeping from her parents for far too long. Before she can say anything, her grandfather in India falls ill and she agrees to join her parents on a trip to Madurai - the first in over ten years. Growing up in Australia, Nila knows very little about where she or her family came from, or who they left behind. What she's about to learn will change her forever.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781398707269
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 630g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 36 mm

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The Daughters of Madurai
Fabulous Read
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy, I was hooked in from the front cover of my review copy - A girl is a burden. A girl is a curse. Heart bre... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Daughters of Madurai
Brilliant and moving
The Daughters of Madurai is a brilliant and moving debut from Rajasree Variyar. It follows the story of mother Janani, raised in Madurai, and her daughter,... READ MORE
Laura Oliphant
The Daughters of Madurai
Novel set around MADURAI
“All of Madurai is a shrine. They call it the city of temples…” I was due to head to India early in 2023, but because of the visa situation of British cit... READ MORE
The Daughters of Madurai
Riveting and emotional tale
“The Daughters of Madurai” is a riveting tale about Janani, a woman born into a poor family who in 1992 is living with her husband, mother in law and young... READ MORE
The Daughters of Madurai
This has been one of those books that I simply haven’t been able to put down. It felt like Madurai and the villages, the everyday life, the food, the cloth... READ MORE
Mrs G Librarian
The Daughters of Madurai
Heart wrenching, yet wonderful read!
A wonderful, heart wrenching read about a very emotive subject. Janani is a young Indian mother, it’s 1992 and she has yet to bear a son and heir for the... READ MORE
Marie Kane
The Daughters of Madurai
The Daughters of Madurai
Janani is married to Darshan and as is the culture now lives with him and his mother having to leave her own family who live far away. They have one daugh... READ MORE
Monica Hanna
The Daughters of Madurai
Loved It
I read this in one day. And yes I cried! What an emotional roller-coaster it was! I very rarely read in this genre, so when I do, you know it's good! I k... READ MORE