The novel explores the burden that India places on teenage girls. This main theme develops throughout the novel, and accompanies the universal themes of loss, love, uncertainty, interdependence, and independence. Like girls in India, thirteen-year-old Koly must marry a man her parents choose. Her parents prepare Koly's dowry, and find a groom in the Mehta family. Once that is accomplished, Koly discovers that her husband-to-be is a sickly boy. His parents want her dowry for money to save their son's life.
The author examines the loss of loved ones through life-altering events....
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