Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she had never seen, she worked side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from the land that was ravaged by droughts, monsoons and insects. With remarkable fortitude and courage, she sought to meet the challenge of changing times and to fight poverty and disaster. She saw one of her infants die from starvation, her daughter become a prostitute, and her sons leave the land for jobs she mistrusted. And somehow she survived . . . This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved - an unforgettable novel that 'will wring your heart out.' (The Associated Press)Markandaya, Kamala is the author of 'Nectar in a Sieve', published 2002 under ISBN 9780451528230 and ISBN 0451528239.