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Firstly, I must say that I don't feel I can better the first customer review, but I would like to add my thoughts and reactions.
this book is a "must read" in these troubled times. Not only for any young person that fears for our world, but also for those who have little experience of the sharp end of a society where racism and prejudice are rife.
This is Sita Brahmachari's thrid book that centres round the colourful Levenson family. "Artichoke hearts" painfully invoked the emotions they all felt as their beloved 'Nana Josie' came to the end of her life. Laila, the youngest of the three children had just been born, and as Josie said prophetically, "You see,you have a replacement for me". And in "Tender Earth" that is exactly what Laila becomes.
In the character of Laila, struggling with the changes that are happening all round her, Sita has caught with sensitive insight exactly the feelings of confusion and rejection that lead her to take a stand for her Grandmother's beliefs that now become her own.
This is a book rich in its attention to detail in its depiction of the normal life of one family in a multi-cultural society.
Readers of Sita's other books, "Artichoke Hearts" and "Jasmine Skies" , will be happy to meet Jide and Janu again, and to begin to know more about Mira and Krish . I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Please read it!