Climbing the Stairs (Paperback)

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Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college an unusual aspiration for a girl living in British occupied India during World War II. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her brother are forced to move into a traditional household with their extended family, where women are meant to be married, not educated. Breaking the rules, Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather's library. But then her brother does something unthinkable, and Vidya's life becomes a whirlwind of political and personal complications. The question is, will she be strong enough to survive?
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Padma Tiruponithura Venkatraman moved to the United States at the age of nineteen to pursue a graduate degree in oceanography. She was chief scientist on several scientific cruises at the Institute of Meereskunde in Kiel (Germany). Eventually, however, she decided to cut back on her scientific research and devote more time to writing. The result was her debut novel, Climbing the Stairs. Padma currently lives in Rhode Island and works part-time as Director of Graduate Diversity Affairs at the University of Rhode Island as well as Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of Oceanography.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142414903
ISBN-10: 0142414905
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: February 4th, 2010
Pages: 254
Language: English