Roy has a talent for making the everyday lives of people interesting. Focusing on a boy, his grandfather and his mother who ran away from her life in India to become an artist, the story is full of emotion as the boy and his mother (through letters to a friend) tell how the separation impacted them. How lucky he was to have a grandfather who understood his daughter-in-law and helped his grandson mature. Based on a real artist in the pre-World War II India and Bali, the reader must read Roy’s afterword to understand how this story came about.

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