The Binding Vine
"There can be no vaulting over time," thinks Urmila, the narrator of Shashi Deshpande's profound and soul-stirring novel. "We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing." After the death of her baby, Urmila finds her own path difficult to endure. But through her grief, she is drawn into the lives of two very different women--one her long-dead mother-in-law, a thwarted writer, the other a young woman who lies unconscious in a hospital bed. And it is through these quiet, unexpected connections that Urmi begins her journey toward healing.
The miracle of The Binding Vine, and of Shashi Deshpande's deeply compassionate vision, is that out of this web of loss and despair emerge strand of life and hope--a binding vine of love, concern, and connection that spreads across chasms of time, social class, and even death. In moving and exquisitely understated prose, Deshpande renders visible the extraordinary endurance and grace concealed in women's everyday lives.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Aju’s Akka Amrut angry anyway asked Baiajji Balkaka Bhaskar Binding Vine can’t child comes cried daughter dead Deshpande’s Didi didn’t English eyes face father fear feel frightened girl give goes gone hand happened Harish he’s Hindutva husband I’ve imagine Indian Inni Inni’s Inniauntie Kalpana Kannada Kartik kind Kishore Kishore’s knew laugh leave listen live look Mandira Marathi marriage married mean Mira Mira’s Mira’s poems mother never night novel okay once pain Pallavi Papa Papa’s perhaps Prakash Priti Ranidurg rape realise Rekha remember Sandhya sari says seems Shakutai Shashi Deshpande she’s silence sister sleep smile someone sound speak stop suddenly Sulu Sulu’s talk tell there’s things thought told trying turns understand Urmi Urmi’s Urmiauntie Urmila Vanaa voice waiting walk What’s who’s woman women words writing you’re