One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan

One Part Woman

Perumal Murugan

The sensitive subject of infertility is dealt with tenderly and honestly in this Indian tale. A devoted married couple are desperate for a baby of their own, and the lengths to which they go to for this basic human right is sorrowful to read. The surprise ending allows the reader to draw their own conclusions to a story that is anything but predicable.

Extract

The humiliations she had had to suffer because of this one problem were endless. She could not even go to their own fields during the sowing season for fear that others would broach the topic.

Parallels
  • The Confidant by Helene Gremillon
  • The Two Week Wait by Sarah Rayner
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