Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth

Title: Keeping Corner
Author: Kashmira Sheth
Genre: YA / Historical Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion
Published: 2009
Pages: 304

Rating - 6 out of 10

 In Keeping Corner, we meet Leela, a spoiled young girl in 1917 India who is abruptly left a widow when the fiancee she hardly knows passes away. Forced to comply with Indian tradition, she must shave her head, give away all her valuables, and "keep corner" inside for a year, also enduring the shame and scorn of everyone in her small town.

However, during this period of senseless confinement, she pursues knowledge and becomes a bright, talented student. The book is set in the time of Ghandi, whose ideas greatly shape Leela's views and future.
This is an excellent book, with well drawn characters and realistic settings that bring the exotic scenery of India vividly to life. I loved how much I learned about Indian culture and tradition by reading.
"Keeping Corner" is undoubtedly aimed toward upper middle-school or high school students, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It is interesting and engaging.
If you liked this book, also read - Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.