Teatime for the Firefly

Teatime for the Firefly

Book - 2013
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Despite being born under an unlucky star, things begin to change for Layla in the spring of 1943. Powerful changes sweep through India following the second World War, and Layla finds that her life in colonial India is rapidly disintegrating.
Publisher: Detroit : Kennebec Large Print, c2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410466860
Characteristics: 615 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 27, 2017

Teatime for the Firefly is a lovely book and a perfect companion with a cup of tea to curl up and read.
It is a delicate love story and all the characters stay with you for a long time after you out the book down. It brings the state of Assam to life with its vivid and beautiful descriptions of the tea estates and captures the period in a superb manner. I could not put it down after reading only the first 10 pages. Awesome!

Aug 16, 2016


Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This novel is set in Assam, India in the 1940s. Layla is a young woman of seventeen who has been brought up by her grandfather, an educated man who believes in the importance of educating women so they have choices. Layla birth time and the death of her parents have led many traditional Indians to believe her to be bad luck and she has resigned herself to never marrying. She aims to continue her grandfather's legacy of education for girls and has started training to be a teacher. Her grandfather often hosts guests and the Russian author Boris Ivanov is a frequent visitor. One day when he is expected to come and make a speech for the opening of the new school her grandfather has started for girls, Layla encounters a young man, Manik, recently back from being educated overseas. His unusual attention to her and his outlook on the future draw her to him, but she soon finds out that he is engaged to a young woman down the street, an arranged marriage. When Manik gives up his civil service job to go work as an assistant manager on a tea plantation, everything becomes less certain, and the two young people begin a correspondence.
The historical events of India and partition come alive, but what is really brought to life here is Assam itself. The geography, scenery, and climate are well described, and life on the tea plantations comes alive for the reader. Their remote location, and how that draws misfits and thus unusual friendships is a big part of this story, as is the paternal relationship between the plantation managers and the workers.
Layla and Malik both grow through the challenges and circumstances that their lives bring them. This provides a glimpse of a life in a certain place at a certain time in an engaging read.

Feb 04, 2014

Loved it. Historical Fiction. Shona Patel fictionalist the character's but does state at the end that 2 events did happen to her parents. I will continue to drink tea, but will appreciate the efforts it takes to get to market.

d2013 Jan 15, 2014

This is Shona Patel's debut novel and what a great story teller. Everything about this book caught my eye, from the story, to the plantation life in India, to the title of the book. Even the book cover is pretty to look at. Quite enjoyable (even better with a cup of tea).

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