I just finished up the audio book The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright. This book had kept coming up in my recommended audio book listing and I finally gave in and got it….so was I glad I did?
Yes. It was a very good book. The story spans about 20 years so there are places that are in-depth and then a gap that jumps 10 years. The author does a good job with it though. The story is completely a story of triumph over tragedy and I love those.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“Based on a remarkable true story of Taj Rowland. Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends. Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, make him part of their family–and his story might have ended there had it not been for the pestering questions in his head: Who am I? Why was I taken? How do I get home? More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past. Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late? And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues? From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey of discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.”
Amazon readers gave the 4.8 stars. I think I’d give it 4.5. It’s a wonderful story and well worth the time to read or listen to it. There are some very heart tugging moments. I’m off to check out the author’s other books…that’s how much I liked this one.
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My book group read RENT COLLECTOR and everyone loved it. I’ll have to look for this one. Also, it sounds similar to the story of Sharoo in the movie Lion. (The movie is lots better than the book.)