The Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
This World Lit title takes place in a small village in India during World War II. Twelve year old Leela still goes to school, but will stop after she has her anu ceremony and goes to live with her husband Ramanlal and his family. She is happy, since she loves Ramanlal and his family and will not have to move to a different village. When tragedy strikes, Leela’s life becomes confined to her house, since widows must stay inside for a year. Other customs also force her new life to be isolated and without joy. When her brother visits from school he tells her about the various campaigns Mahatma Gandhi is leading for the Indian people. As her interest in news from other places grows, Leela works with her teacher to keep up with school, even though she’s not allowed out of the house.
Learning about Indian history and culture in the context of the story made it accessible and interesting. Sophomores looking for a World Lit book might find this title enjoyable.
Review by Mrs. Goldstein-Erickson