Baker & Taylor
When the plane carrying her husband goes down in Kashmir in 1949, Joanna Shaw enlists the aid of his best friend, Lawrence Malcolm, to accompany her and their translator Kamla on a journey across Central Asia in search of the truth.
Blackwell North Amer
On assignment in India with her journalist husband, Joanna Shaw runs a refuge for girls trafficked into Delhi's red-light district. It is here in the dusty, sunbaked streets of the old city that she discovers the turquoise-eyed Kamla. Joanna vows to rescue Kamla from the brothel - or flash house - where the eleven-year-old child has spent most of her life. But it is Kamla who claims Joanna at first sight, and when Joanna's husband, Aidan, disappears while pursuing a politically explosive story in the mountains of Kashmir, it is Kamla who must come to Joanna's emotional rescue.
Although the authorities insist that Aidan's plane has crashed Joanna refuses to believe the worst. Aidan must be alive, and she resolves to find him at any cost. Accompanied by Kamla and Aidan's best friend, an enigmatic Aussie named Lawrence Malcolm, she embarks on a dangerous trek across the highest passes of the Himalayas.
For Joanna, the trek to find Aidan is a quest for truth. For Lawrence, it is a rescue mission that will lead to Red China - and an agonizing, life-or-death choice that teaches him the meaning of love and betrayal. And for the orphan Kamla, caught between two worlds, it is an odyssey into the tantalizing mystery of her birth.
Weaving the story of all three into the chaos and confusion of Asia's cold war, Aimee Liu gives us a spellbinding, multilayered tale in which the ultimate safe haven is the elusive place called home.
When the plane carrying her husband, American journalist Aidan Shaw, goes down in Kashmir in 1949, Joanna Shaw refuses to accept that he is dead and enlists the aid of his best friend, Australian secret service agent Lawrence Malcolm, to accompany her and their translator Kamla, a girl she rescued from an Indian brothel, on a journey across Central Asia in search of the truth. 25,000 first printing.
New York : Warner Books, 2003.
458 p. ; 24 cm.