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Reading Group – One Part Woman in Ely

Monday 9th September 2019

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 7.10pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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Set in 1940s Tamil Nadu, this is the story of Ponna and Kali, a farming couple whose happiness is marred by their inability to have a child. Ponna is a doting, obedient, subservient wife, the kind who comes running at a snap of her husband’s fingers, and who only exists in the Tamil male imagination. Kali treats her with utmost affection, and has a primal, reflexive desire for her that cannot quite qualify as love.  For a book that earned its author death threats and was burned by mobs, One Part Woman is a surprisingly tranquil, sensuous read.