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Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb - a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women's lives were predetermined - if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.
Layla's life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world's finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.
But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla's remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.
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By P Crittenden on 04-08-17
Forgive the narrator...listen for the story...
Would you listen to Teatime for the Firefly again? Why?
Yes, but only for the story.
What other book might you compare Teatime for the Firefly to and why?
on a much smaller scale, Shantaram
Did Marisa Vitali do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
She tried, but...not so much. I listened at faster speed than I normally do to help distract from narration
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No laughing or crying, but smiling
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this book for the story and setting. Wish for more background history, as in A Suitable Boy