Tuesday 7 March, 7pm at Sawston Library
'Snowfed Waters' talk by local author, Jane Wilson-Howarth. Jane will lead discussions and give readings from her latest novel about Himalayas and Nepal. Entry £1. Refreshments available.
Jane describes the novel thus:
Snowfed Waters is a dramatic and moving story set in the shadow of the Himalayas. It is a tale of two cultures, of false assumptions, of courage in the face of disaster and of the gradual dawning of self awareness.
Sonia Swayne's life is in bits. Her husband has left her and she has been fired from her teaching job. With her self-esteem at rock bottom she decides to flee her old life in Cambridge and goes to work for a charity on Rajapur Island in Nepal.
On the surface, life in the Nepali village is unsophisticated and the people uneducated. Clumsily, Sonia tries to impose her own values on her values on her hosts but the more she learns about their customs and their faith, the more she questions her own values. She is particularly influenced by the spirituality and spontaneity of a quiet teenage girl, Moti.
And then there is Rekraj, a sensitive young high caste Nepali man with whom Sonia forms an attachment. She basks in the warmth of his admiration without analysing her feelings too deeply: she simply enjoys being wanted again.
There are clouds on the horizon though and there are ill omens in the form of earth tremors. Lord Shiva is angry and Rekraj regrets his impure thoughts.
The story reaches its climax when Sonia and Moti set out on a pilgrimage into the mountains. The two women race back - fearful of what will happen on the way and fearful of what they will find back on Rajapur Island.Can Sonia summon her old inner strength and resourcefulness and revive her old self-respect?