The Blue Notebook
A NovelBook - 2009
A haunting yet astonishingly hopeful story of a young Indian prostitute who uses writing and imagination to transcend her reality. An unforgettable, deeply affecting tribute to the powers of imagination and the resilience of childhood,The Blue Notebooktells the story of Batuk, a precocious 15-year-old girl from rural India who was sold into sexual slavery by her father when she was nine. As she navigates the grim realities of the Common Street--a street of prostitution in Mumbai where children are kept in cages as they wait for customers to pay for sex--Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and stories in a diary. The novel is powerfully told in Batuk's voice, through the words she writes in her journal, where she finds hope and beauty in the bleakest circumstances. Beautifully crafted and deeply human,The Blue Notebookexplores how people, in the most difficult of situations, can use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives. All of the U.S. proceeds from this novel will be donated to the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children ( http://www.icmec.org ).
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2009.
Characteristics: 206 p. ;,22 cm.