‘A family torn apart by a feud.
Will a decades-long secret turn the tables?’
– The Secret of Elephants
The Secret of Elephants by Vasundra Tailor publishes September 1st with Lake Union Publishing and is the debut novel for this author who is ‘fascinated by human relationships.’ Vasundra Tailor was born in India, and was just a few weeks old when her parents brought her to Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) in 1954. Though set against a backdrop of British colonial rule and segregation in the area, Vasundra had a happy
childhood, surrounded by a large extended family. The inspiration for The Secret of Elephants came from the families currently living in a property in India which once belonged to her father.
The Secret of Elephants is a novel about the family dynamic through the generations and of the determination and pure grit of a mother to provide for her sickly child. With beautiful, rich imagery littered throughout, Vasundra Tailor’s writing captures the imagination, portraying the caste systems in India and the repercussions when someone attempts to carve their own path outside of expectations.
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[ About the Book ]
Two sides of the same family—one living in luxury in a magnificent mansion, the other penniless in its shadow. Could a mysterious letter from the past help Nirmala and her young son take back what is rightfully theirs?
Navsari, India. Penniless and trapped in a loveless marriage, Nirmala spends her days anxiously caring for her sick young son, Varun. Looming over Nirmala’s impoverished home is an imposing mansion built by her grandfather, and from its balcony her cruel aunt scorns them, refusing to help in any way.
But when a mysterious letter addressed to her long-dead father arrives from Zimbabwe, it opens a door to a past Nirmala never knew existed and a future she never imagined possible. If the contents of the letter can be believed, not only does she have family in Africa, but they might also hold the answers to a family mystery that spans three generations.
While travelling to Zimbabwe might lead to a brighter future for Nirmala and her son, it could also reignite the bitter family feud that condemned her family to poverty. Nirmala is ready to risk it all to uncover the truth, but how will she cope when this journey changes her life forever?
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[ Who is Vasundra Tailor ]
Vasundra Tailor qualified as a pharmacist in 1977, and was eager to leave Zimbabwe for the UK to escape the fighting between the minority white government and local freedom fighters. She arrived at Heathrow in the Spring of 1978, and moved to Strathclyde for her Masters in Pharmaceutical Microbiology, before settling in London a year later, where she is still based today.
Vasundra started writing in 2016, after enrolling onto an online Creative Writing course, joining book groups and local writing groups, which gave her the feedback and confidence to tackle her first book. Fascinated by human relationships, Vasundra’s writing is interested in characters from diverse backgrounds and explores how people connect with those around them.
The inspiration for The Secret of Elephants, Vasundra’s debut novel, came from the families currently living in a property in India which once belonged to her father. In November 2019, an extract of The Secret of Elephants won the second runner-up prize for the Mo Siewcharran Fiction Competition, to help discover unpublished fiction writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds
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