Meiji is the only girl who has remained untouched and unmutilated in a country that has savaged its entire female population. This is her story.
She is saved from death from something that has come upon their homeland and she was transported to an island by her guardian Youngest, an Island where wounded girls are, sometimes literally, stitched back together and given a new life.
But the Island may not b safe as it appears to be it itself can be a menacing place, and Meiji may be in more danger than ever before.
Now Youngest must find a way to infiltrate its odd environs to see what has become of his beloved girl, and escape once more…
Manjula Padmanabhan’s genius is proved at creating searing landscapes and alternate, sometimes brutal, worlds while reaffirming the beauty and the ugliness and more over humanity is reinstated.
Manjula Padmanabhan is a playwright, journalist, comic strip artist, and children’s book author. She won the Greek Onassis Award for her play Harvest. An award-winning film Deham was made by Govind Nihalani based on the play. She has written one more powerful play, Lights Out! (1984), Hidden Fires is a series of monologues. The Artist’s Model (1995) and Sextet are her other works.(1996). She has also authored a collection of short stories, called Kleptomania. Her most recent book, published in 2008, is Escape.