Waiting for the Monsoon
Written by Threes Anna
Translated by Barbara Fasting
Publication Date January 14, 2012
India, 1995. Charlotte Bridgwater lives with her father, a former British general, and just one loyal servant in a stately old mansion in the town of Rampur. Money is scarce and the once grand estate is crumbling.
In a desperate bid to generate income, Charlotte rents a room to Madan, an Indian tailor with an astonishing talent for making beautiful garments. Madan is unable to communicate verbally, but the two have an immediate and electrifying connection. And, as the extreme heat before the impending monsoon paralyzes the residents of Rampur, the details of their lives unfold: Charlotte's unhappy childhood and the early death of her husband, Madan's poverty-stricken life on the streets, and how and when their paths have crossed before.
Told in rich, rhapsodic prose, spanning decades and across continents, Waiting for the Monsoon is an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and the unwavering bond between two people.
Threes Anna is a writer and director of film and theatre. She is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, and her debut film, The Birds Can’t Fly, premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. She is currently working on the film adaptation of her novel The Silent City. She lives in the Netherlands.
Barbara Fasting is an accomplished translator who currently resides in the Netherlands and has published a variety of book translations. Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Latin Literature from Georgian Court and an M.A. degree in translation studies from the University of Amsterdam. She attended the Instituut voor Vertaalkunde in Amsterdam and is certified Dutch-English by the American Translators Association and earned the state accreditation examination for Translator-Interpreter, The Hague.
"Forgotten ties stretching back years bind the headstrong daughter of a wealthy British military man and a mute itinerant Indian tailor in this tale told in flashbacks and touched by magical realism." Chatelaine
"You know the charged feeling that hangs in the air before a storm? That's the romantic electricity that pulses through Threes Anna's Waiting for the Monsoon." Elle Canada
"Waiting for the Monsoon is a lovely literary banquet upon which to feast, something to savour." Toronto Star
"Described by one Dutch reviewer as Slumdog Millionaire meets Jane Eyre, this novel may require more than one hankie at the ready." Globe and Mail
"... a vividly painted, widescreen look at the ebb and flow of life in Rampur, India." Edmonton Journal
"Waiting for the Monsoon will take you on an emotional roller-coaster. It’s definitely one I’d recommend for summer book clubs. Like a carefully cooked Indian feast, it’s too good to not share." Montreal Gazette