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The Kashmir Shawl

During World War II, Nerys Watkins accompanies her husband on a missionary posting to India. When he leaves her in the exotic lakeside city of Srinagar to take on a complicated mission, Nerys discovers a new world --- and by the time she is reunited with him, she is a different woman. Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her dead father's house, she finds an exquisite shawl. Tracing her grandparents' roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever.

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The Kashmir Shawl
by Rosie Thomas

  • Publication Date: January 10, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 1468302469
  • ISBN-13: 9781468302462

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THE KASHMIR SHAWL
by Rosie Thomas

We have 50 copies of THE KASHMIR SHAWL by Rosie Thomas, which will be in stores January 10th, to give away to readers who would like to read the book and comment on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, December 20th at noon ET.

More about THE KASHMIR SHAWL:
For more than three decades, Rosie Thomas has enthralled readers around the world. Now, in THE KASHMIR SHAWL, her most ambitious book yet, Thomas sweeps through time and place, and her readers will discover in this novel a captivating, romantic epic --- an irresistible story of enduring love and memory.

It is the eve of 1941 and World War II is engulfing the globe. Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Britain to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India, but when he leaves her in the exotic lakeside city of Srinagar to take on a complicated mission elsewhere, she discovers a new world. Here, in the heart of Kashmir, the British dance, flirt and gossip against the backdrop of war, and Nerys soon becomes caught up in a dangerous liaison. By the time she is reunited with her husband, she is a very different woman.

Years later, Nerys’s granddaughter, Mair Ellis, clears out her dead father’s house and finds an exquisite shawl --- a kaleidoscope of silvery blues and greens. Wrapped in the folds of this delicate object is a lock of a child’s curly hair. With nothing else to go on, Mair decides to trace her grandparents’ roots back to Kashmir, embarking on a quest that will change her own life forever.

In this marvelous novel by a writer whose novels Marie-Claire called “beautifully written” and “a treat,” the inimitable Rosie Thomas is at her very best. A sweeping, multigenerational tale of marriage and isolation, THE KASHMIR SHAWL is a tribute to the power of finding love in the most magical, unexpected places.


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