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Shona Patel

Biography

Shona Patel

Shona Patel, the daughter of an Assam tea planter, draws upon her personal observations and experiences to create the vivid characters and settings for her books. An honors graduate in English literature from Calcutta University, Ms. Patel has won several awards for creative writing and is a trained graphic designer. FLAME TREE ROAD is her second novel.

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Books by Shona Patel

by Shona Patel - Fiction
1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood --- shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance --- Biren devotes his life to effecting change. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls, but in a place governed by age-old conventions, Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen. Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited.
by Shona Patel - Fiction

TEATIME FOR THE FIREFLY is a charming tale of unexpected romance between two misfits in traditional Indian society. Shona Patel's debut novel is a fish-out-of-water love story told partially through letters, and set within an exotic and enchanting world where social upheaval and the threat of World War II lingers on their doorstep.