A stunning debut novel on sex, loss, and redemption. It is 1975 and India is in turmoil. American Stanley Harrington arrives to study Sanskrit philosophy and escape his failing marriage. When he finds himself witness to a violent accident, he begins to question his grip on reality. Maya introduces us to an entertaining cast of hippies, expats, and Indians of all walks of life. From a hermit hiding in the Himalayan jungle since the days of the British Raj, to an accountant at the Bank of India with a passion for Sanskrit poetry, to the last in a line of brahman scholars, Stanley´s path ultimately leads him to a Tibetan yogi, who enlists the American´s help in translating a mysterious ancient text. Maya, literally ´´illusion´´, is an extended meditation on the unraveling of identity. Filled with rich observations and arresting reflections, it mines the porous border between memory and imagination. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C. W. Huntington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064850/bk_acx0_064850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After leaving the hippie commune she grew up on, Summer Rains set a modest goal for herself: earn enough money to live a normal life in the real world. Maybe she was aiming too high. When she wished she could get rid of the platinum-selling pop star who was stalking her, she didn´t mean ´get rid of´ in the permanent sense. But someone did. And being a suspect isn´t the kind of attention she wants from the gorgeous-but-entirely-too-condescending detective investigating the case. As if that wasn´t bad enough, her only help comes from the man she´s been in love with since her hormones kicked in...and his beautiful girlfriend. Sounds like a good time to reassess her goals. ´Living a normal life´ moves down the list, and ´figuring out who the real murderer is before she gets thrown in jail´ moves all the way to the top.But crime-fighting wasn´t part of the home-schooling curriculum back on the commune. So solving the case is an on-the-job kind of thing. Along the way, she learns other skills--how to fold hospital corners, how to keep herself from becoming the next victim, and how to deal with all the insanity of the ´real world´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maya Tremblay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016024/bk_acx0_016024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, the four sisters of the Amir family, are sometimes tired of being the only Muslim young women in a rural British village, not helped by their eccentric neighbours, including the hippie nudists next door. Oldest sister Fatima - or, as her family have always nicknamed her, Fatti (which, she worryingly suspects, has just as much to do with her inability to lose weight and guilty-pleasure love of Primula squeezy cheese as it does her birth name) - is having a particularly hard time finding her place in the world, especially when a family tragedy strikes and Fatima discovers that she was adopted. Her aunt in Bangladesh is her real mother, leaving Fatima questioning everything she thought she knew about her family. As each sister struggles with life, love and faith, as Farah learns to cope when her husband has an accident, Bubblee learns to stop judging other people´s lives and Mae faces burgeoning YouTube stardom, Fatima learns what it really means to be a big sister and to bring her family back together by organising a big village bake sale to help fund rebuilding the family business. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Avita Jay, Anjli Mohindra, Maya Saroya, Aasiya Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002672/bk_hcuk_002672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.