Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Karma, by Cathy Ostlere

KarmaThis Waiting on Wednesday, a brilliant weekly meme from Breaking the Spine, is dedicated to getting out of the US of A and seeing some new sights! (not literally, cause that takes cash $$$ money, but literar-ily. Can I make that word for now? ANYWAYS...)

I have come across praise for Cathy Ostlere's Karma, A Novel in Verse for about six months now, and have decided its high time to read it. Since I fell head-over-heels for Jandy Nelson's  The Sky is Everywhere, I am not as fearful of this "novel in verse"-- told through journal entries and poems. The bit of the book I flipped through (digitally) on Amazon looked amazing. Bring on the YA poetry! And a cover I can take out in public!

"On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world." (Note, I don't think the Good Reads summary here emphasizes it enough, but there is some falling-in-love involved in this book. PHEW).

What are you waiting on?


  1. I hadn't heard of this one before so thanks for the heads-up. And did you just say The Sky Is Everywhere? That one is an all-time favorite of mine! Definitely adding this on my tbr list.

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  2. Haven't heard of it before, either, but I like the sound of it. And I love that you've included the fact that there is some falling in love. Important!! : D

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  3. I haven't heard of this one either. I'm not one to read novels in verse but they have to sound appealing to me for me to read them and this one does so I might check it out. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention. Happy reading!

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  4. Hello Grad Student!

    Thanks for the Karma nod! Cathy


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