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CLIMBING THE STAIRS
A brilliant critically acclaimed novel about defying tradition to realize your dreams
Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college— an unusual aspiration for a girl living in British occupied India during World War II. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her family are forced to live with their relatives in a traditional household, where women are meant to be married, not educated. Breaking the rules, Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather’s library. Here she meets Raman, who treats Vidya like an equal and encourages her education. Then Vidya’s brother leaves unexpectedly, and Vidya’s life gets caught up political and personal turmoil. In the midst of all this chaos, will Vidya be able to hold on to her dreams and make them a reality?
What if your only dream was forbidden?
“This novel vivifies a unique era and culture as it movingly expresses how love and hope can blossom even under the most dismal of circumstances”- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In her first novel, Venkatraman paints an intricate and convincing backdrop of a conservative Brahmin home in a time of change.” – Booklist, starred review
“Venkatraman fills an important place in YA historical fiction. The book is well researched, politically balanced, and based on real experiences.” – Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literature
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