* Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

Sleeping on Jupiter stars a young woman whose family was killed in an unnamed civil war and who was rescued in an ashram where the guru systematically abused her and other girls. Adopted overseas, she returns to the city where she was raised to confront the past. Traveling on the same train are three elderly friends who are going there to worship. The descriptions of the friends, their concerns about each other (one is clearly going senile) and their children, and their fractured adventures are well-rendered, if banal. The travails of the young woman are heart-rending but somehow distant, and sadly familiar as well. Save your reading time for something else.


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