The Sleeping Dictionary
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Date: August 2013
Duration: 16 hours 18 minutes
The term 'sleeping dictionary' was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting. This portrait of late Raj India is both a saga and a passionate love story.
Starred review. "girl to a perceptive and astute young woman who is accepted in the proper British society she secretly roots against. The author’s attention to detail and character development combined with narrator Sneha Mathan’s ability to differentiate each distinctive voice will have audiences clinging to every poignant word as they listen to this masterly written saga. Historical fiction fans will love this title, but the surprising plot twists and satisfying conclusion will appeal to a much larger audience." - Library Journal