Six-year-old Akshara watches her mother die. At thirteen, she watches her best friend die. She’s heartbroken, but their deaths don’t surprise her. She has a secret ─ she can glimpse into the future of those she loves. For her it’s not a blessing, but a curse; every life she touches is thrown into turmoil, friends abandon her, and she is overwhelmed by more guilt than she can bear. Then, one day, she sees her own unhappy fate.
Does Akshara bring upon her loved ones the misfortunes they blame her for? Will Akshara be able to save herself after she has lost everyone she loved? Or will she lose her sanity like her mother did?
A gripping, evocative, and sometimes surreal page-turner, He Knew a Firefly follows Akshara as she tries to light the dark, unknown pathways for her loved ones, before being ultimately consumed by the flames herself.
The book was featured by author Ann Girdharry in her Huffington Post Blog. Read more here.
Praise for He Knew a Firefly
“A wonderfully written story – lyrical and poignant. I really enjoyed the poetic style of writing and it’s not an exaggeration when I call the prose ‘beautiful’. A rich, literary fiction spanning loyalties, relationships and tragedy, drawing on the cultures of India.” — Ann Girdharry, author of Good Girl Bad Girl, Tell me a Secret, London Noir
“But the most important part of this novel is the absolutely exquisite writing. It is equal parts joy and heartbreak, and at time it is even bone-chilling.” — Lorca Damon @ReadioactiveBooks
“I recommend this book as a gracefully written poignant read. I especially liked the scenes which showed some of the different cultures of India, the extended family, the expectations of marriage, and the competitive high tech culture. And the three stories stand on their own as deeply felt, sometimes tragic, portraits.” — Winifred, author of Of Mice and Money and Bombed
“All the characters seemed alive to me, as if I was living their lives. And when it finally ended, it was sadly satisfying, the best kind to be. Highly recommended.” — Karan Garg
“Turned out to be a roller coaster of a read – love, sadness, happiness, intrigue – it has a bit of everything. The three parallel story lines kept me hooked till the very end, every turn of story revealing something new. I could not put down the book till the very end. Akshara is a heroine you will remember for a long time” — Amazon Customer
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