The Woman Who Knew Gandhi

The Woman Who Knew Gandhi

eBook - 2004
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A housewife in postwar England gets a letter that upends her life in this "enormously satisfying" novel (Elizabeth Berg).

In 1948, just after Gandhi's assassination, Martha Houghton receives a letter from the legendary man's son, who himself lies dying of tuberculosis in Bombay. Having found a stash of her letters to his father, he asks to meet her. The request sends Martha into a tailspin, for her husband knows nothing of her lifelong friendship with Gandhi.

Martha and her husband, a retired ironmonger, are suddenly forced to reevaluate their long marriage, and she must find a way to reconcile the disparate halves of her life. Moreover, their small community becomes a magnet for the press, and Martha finds her words twisted and used against her. Ultimately, she must decide whether to meet her old friend's son on his deathbed, or to remain in England and mend the rift in her marriage.

"Inspired by an aside in Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, this 'what if' story recreates a half-century-long friendship between the celebrated Indian pacifist and an ordinary English housewife . . . Post-WWII England and India provide an evocative backdrop as Heller explores the fragile bonds between marriage partners, friends, parents and their children, and breathes realistic life into Gandhi and his improbable paramour." -- Publishers Weekly

"Illuminates little-seen corners of both history and the human heart . . . One of the most unusual love stories I have ever read." --Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and A House Among the Trees

Publisher: [United States] :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2004.
ISBN: 9780547346410
0547346417
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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