Stunningly original and wildly inventive, The Girl in the Road melds the influences of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Erin Morgenstern for a dazzling debut.
Meena, a young woman living in a futuristic
Mumbai, wakes up with five snake bites on her chest. She doesn't know
how or why, but she must flee India and return to Ethiopia, the place of
her birth. Having long heard about The Trail -- an energy-harvesting
bridge that spans the Arabian Sea -- she embarks on foot on this
forbidden bridge, with its own subculture and rules. What awaits her in
Ethiopia is unclear; she's hoping the journey will illuminate it for
Mariama, a girl from a different time, is on a quest of her
own. After witnessing her mother's rape, she joins up with a caravan of
strangers heading across Saharan Africa. She meets Yemaya, a beautiful
and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. Yemaya
tells Mariama of Ethiopia, where revolution is brewing and life will be
better. Mariama hopes against hope that it offers much more than Yemaya
As one heads east and the other west, Meena and
Mariama's fates will entwine in ways that are profoundly moving and
shocking to the core. Vividly imagined and artfully told, written with
stunning clarity and deep emotion, The Girl in the Road is a true tour
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I was so glad I gave this a go. Although it did take me a while to get into the story, I was glad that I stuck with it. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story which at some parts made me confused and the other part the twists were surprising to me I just had to find out what happened next! I think maybe if the story was a little less complicated I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
Definately worth a try if the blurb intrgues you to want to pick it up. As I mentioned above it is not something that I would normally pick up but I am glad that I did. I will flag that this story does contain issues that some people may be senstive to.