• The Confluence

  • By: Puja Guha
  • Narrated by: Yael Eylat-Tanaka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-28-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Puja Guha
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (6 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

"An endearing tale of love, loss, and healing...." - The US Review of Books
The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East. The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.
In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt, who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt's disappearance, Naina's family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt's location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil.
After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.
©2015 Puja Guha (P)2017 Puja Guha
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maria-Anne on 03-26-18

Couldn't stop listening

The story is based in the future when a mother decides the time has come to inform her adopted son who is about to become a father himself on how he became to be adopted and the family relationships.
Naina Ranjeeva does this through a letter telling the story of the past in present time. She includes the social unrest and political situations of that time. It takes a bit getting used to in the beginning to the back and forth of the present and future but ones you get used to that the book is amazing. The narrator did a wonderful job and the way it was read you could just visualize the feelings and emotions going through Naina as she tries to put this letter together for her son.
This story had me completely hooked. After finishing it I fell like having a good cry. The loss of missed changes was so real that it touches the reader emotionally.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bikram Agarwal on 02-23-18

This too is too long.

What did you like best about The Confluence? What did you like least?

This is the second Puja Guha book that I have listened to and this has the same positives and negatives as the other book (Ahriman). All the characters and locales are well built and are extremely relatable. You listen to their story and you identify with bits n pieces of them. It draws you in and you get invested into the outcome. The story being what it is - a mother' s letter to her adopted son, revealing family history.... is sorta emotional. I was getting a mix of Lion and "How I Met Your Mother" vibes.

And this too is a bit too long. There are elements that I felt didn't quite contribute anything to the main plot. At several places, it went on a tangent that didn't need to be there. The book could've been much shorter and better paced.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was very slow. I typically listen to my books at 1.5x. Even then it was slow.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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