SUNDAY, 23 JULY 2023 at 3 PM / IN-STORE TALK & SIGNING
Mitali Perkins, Hope in the Valley
Rakestraw adores Mitali Perkins and her books for kids of all ages! She'll launch her newest entry, Hope in The Valley, at the store on Sunday, July 23, at 3:00pm. Please join us for this FREE, family-friendly event! Mitali will talk about the book and sign copies.
Hope in The Valley is getting terrific reviews:
Grief, memories, and the difficulty of letting go permeate this powerful story about family, friendship, and finding your voice. Pandita Paul's Bengali family includes two older twin sisters, Shar and Indy, and their father, Baba, but it has a gaping hole: their late Ma. This chasm is deepened as the nearby abandoned Johnson property, including the orchard Pandu and Ma called Ashar Jaiga, or place of hope, is being sold and developed for rental units. This demolition will take with it Pandu's sweet recollections of enjoying the orchard's apricots, flowers, and bird song with Ma. Things are changing too fast for Pandu. Worse, everyone seems to be moving on, including her ex-best friend and even Baba, who is dating The Intruder. But tentative friendships blossom at her summer drama camp even as Pandu, desperately clinging to her memories of Ma, is pitted against her own sister, who advocates for affordable housing in their Silicon Valley community. Set in the 1980s, this beautifully written book weaves together the Indian American Pauls' personal histories as well as those of the U.S. and India. In trying to save the place she and her mother loved, the 13-year-old embarks on a journey that takes her down pathways of memory of earlier inhabitants of the Johnson house and the region. In doing so, Pandu gives wings to her words and her voice. There's poetry here, along with literature and lots of culinary heritage, all combining in a deeply compelling read. A riveting, courage-filled story.
If you cannot make it to the in-store event, you are welcome to order an autographed book and we can ship to you!