Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani Review


When 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.

Trail of Broken Wings is told by Sejal Badani in a very different way. She tells the story through the perspectives of 4 characters Sonya, Marin, Trisha, and Ranee. This is a story of abuse told in each chapter by a different character but it all connects. Throughout the book whats going on may get a little confusing at times because there are a lot of instances where Badani goes from flashback to the present. The story is unique in the way it shows how the abuse within the same family shaped and changed these characters. In each chapter the characters unravel different secrets which in the end define who this torn and dysfunctional family is. Even though this book is really good in a lot of ways. It is very slow in the beginning which makes it hard to get into. Sejal Badani has great skill in bringing you back into the story. This book isn’t for everyone. Its not a book I would say read right away but take a look at it and see what you think.


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