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By Padma Viswanathan

Sivakami used to be married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with childrens. in line with the dictates of her caste, her head is shaved and she or he places on widow's whites. From sunrise to nightfall, she isn't really allowed to infect herself with human contact, now not even to convenience her small children. Sivakami dutifully follows customized, apart from one defiant act: She strikes again to her useless husband's condominium to elevate her little ones. There, her servant Muchami, a closeted homosexual guy who's sure by way of a special caste's rules, becomes her public face. Their singular dating holds 3 generations of the relatives jointly through the turbulent first 1/2 the 20th century, as India endures nice social and political switch. yet as time passes, the family members alterations, too; Sivakami's son will query the strictures of the very ideals that his mom has scrupulously upheld.  The Toss of a Lemon is heartbreaking and exhilarating, profoundly exotic yet totally recognizable in evoking the tensions that vary brings to each kin.

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