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by Patricia McCormick
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/02/2007
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Lakshmi's family is desperately poor, but village life in the mountains of Nepal has its share of pleasures. When the monsoons wreck their crops yet again, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. She arrives at 'Happiness House' full of hope, but soon learns the unthinkable truth - she has been sold into prostitution.

This new world becomes a nightmare from which there is no escape. But, very gradually, Lakshmi makes friends with others in the house, and gathers her courage, until the day she has to face the hardest decision of all: will she risk everything to reclaim her life?

Deceptively simple, eloquent, and shocking - this is a story you will never forget.

'A phenomenal book, a punch in the gut. It drew me in from the first page, even though I wanted to turn away. McCormick has taken a difficult, distasteful subject and written something readable and compassionate without shying away from the truths of the matter. I only wish it was a historical document, not a portrait of a world we have all helped to create.' Deborah Ellis, author of the Parvana series
ISBN:
9781741751055
9781741751055
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-02-2007
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
195x130x22mm
Weight:
0.27kg

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