Title: Witness the Night
Authors: Desai, Kishwar
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 242
Year: 2010
Publisher: Beautiful Books
Language: English
Description: What really happened that night? Found alive in the smouldering ruins of her family home, a young teenager is the sole survivor. Accused of mass-murder, she is championed by a spirited and unconventional social worker.

Set in the Punjab, this is a complex whodunnit revealing the prejudice and misfortune that epitomises the fate of being female in a tradition entrenched society.

Winner of the 2010 Costa First Novel Award.

Comments from Groups:

Great book that really got us all thinking about the lives of Indian women. Hamilton 022

Most of us found the book interesting, some of us really enjoyed it, we felt it was very well written. Wanaka 013

Excellent book, thought-provoking. Unnerving to think this still happens today in parts of India. Auckland 256

A disturbing, and at times, harrowing depiction of life in India, particularly for women. Napier 023

We generally didn't enjoy this book. Interesting subject and potentially good exploration of a very real and horrifying issue in India but author seemed confused between racy fiction and band-wagon non-fiction. Ohoka 002
Categories: Fiction, Award Winner, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Feminism, Mystery, Relationships, India


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By: NEWP 012 2019-04-10 13:35:46
Most enjoyed the book, although some struggled to 'get into it'.

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