Review: Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
Title: Trail of Broken Wings
Author: Sejal Badani
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2015)
Format: Paperback (370 pages)
My Rating: 3.5/5
Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani deals with heavy themes of domestic abuse and the emotional and physical destruction left in its wake. With that in mind, I would not say that I enjoyed this book, but rather that I considered it a meaningful, worthwhile read – moving, and at times, heartbreaking.
At its core, Broken Wings is a character study, providing dark and vivid insights into the burdened lives of its central characters, their Indian culture, and their struggle to build and maintain relationships in America, beneath shadows of secrets and painful histories.
The story unfolds in layers, with each chapter narrated from the point of view (sometimes first person, sometimes not) of three sisters, Sonya, Trisha, and Marin, and their mother, Ranee, as they pay vigil to their ailing father and husband, who lies comatose in a hospital bed. Though the shifting narrative format is nothing new in contemporary literature, Badani uses it to good effect, gradually revealing character and plot details until all comes to light in the book’s final moments.
Readers are rewarded with an ending that is satisfying, if not altogether happy, and although the major plot reveals did not come as great surprises, the narrative was compelling and well-paced, making Broken Wings a fairly quick, if not always easy, read.
Is this book on your to-read list, or have you already read it? What did you think of it? Did you find the subject matter difficult, or were you drawn in by the complexity of the characters? I welcome and invite everyone to leave feedback in the comments section (click on the post title to open the full post page). If you haven’t read this book, feel free to share what you’re currently reading or looking forward to starting.