Author: Ruchira Mukerjee
Publisher: Picador India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0330369512
It is a powerful story of two women, one young, one middle-aged, whose frustrated lives in the town of Allahabad are changed for ever by a bold and impulsive visitor.
Genteel, repressed Megha's passive exterior conceals a sensuous nature; her romantic dreaming leads her to fall in love with a married uncle. Damyanti is a housewife, resigned to a life with a brutal husband in a marriage that has become a vicious circle of anger and recrimination.
When Ashwin, an irreverent and thoroughly modern young man, comes to stay in Allahabad, Megha and Damyanti find that their rapidly narrowing lives are turned upside down, pushing them both beyond the limits they had once settled for, transforming their lives into worlds of iridescent color.
With grace, humor and wit, Ruchira Mukherjee evokes the turmoil and liberation of settled lives forced into the light. TOAD IN MY GARDEN is an exhilarating and brilliantly vivid novel.