With three successful books under her belt, including the path breaking, myth-shattering Mastani, and a vast repertoire of journalistic work as a perfect personal resource, Kusum Choppra is an author with the pluck to question the status quo through her writings. She distills experiences of a lifetime, and picks out grains of truth set in rich verbal embroidery to narrate stories from a much-needed feminine perspective.
Her journalistic roots and storytelling skills enable her to write from the heart while examining issues objectively; and allow her to delve into the internal conversations that people have about what is happening to and around them.
Kusum Choppra’s stories blend crisp storytelling with her signature style of written emoting that make “Aaine ko Aaine se Ruberu Karna” situations possible. They often bear the stamp of a delineation of unequal relationships that raise the question: “Is it not possible for male-female co-existence to be peaceful and non-confrontational? Can the balance not be redressed?”
Her forte is always a Twist in the Tail of the Tale.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.
#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People “Book of the Week”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2018”
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.
In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.