Review: Trail of Broken Wings

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trail of Broken WingsWhen her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

A heart-rending but ultimately uplifting book about one family’s struggle to come to terms with the years of abuse they suffered at the hands of the patriarch. I found it hard to put down.
I liked how the women gradually opened up to each other although I found myself thinking: “For goodness sake, just talk to each other!” quite a few times.
The book changed POV quite frequently and I was impressed that each woman had a distinct voice.

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