The Blue Notebook

By James A. Levine
(Spiegel & Grau, Paperback, 9780385528726, 240pp.)

Publication Date: July 6, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2009 Indie Next List
“How could James Levine, a doctor and medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic, capture the hidden life of a 15-year-old Indian prostitute? This fictional journal of Batuk, a precocious girl sold into sexual slavery, reveals a life few could imagine and depicts the power of youthful imagination to escape an intolerable reality.”
-- Darwin Ellis, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT


Description

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and writing fantastic tales that help her transcend her daily existence. Beautifully crafted, surprisingly hopeful, and filled with both tragedy and humor, The Blue Notebook shows how even in the most difficult situations, people use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives.




About the Author

James A. Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, is a world-renowned scientist, doctor, and researcher. He lives in Oronoco, Minnesota.




Praise For The Blue Notebook

Praise for The Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook is a deeply moving story and a searing reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. It is a tribute to how writing can give meaning and help one transcend even the most harrowing circumstances. The voice of Batuk, the unforgettable child prostitute heroine, will stay with the reader a long, long time.”—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

“James A. Levine's The Blue Notebook tugged at my heart and opened my eyes. Levine's fictional protagonist, Batuk, stands shoulder to shoulder with the iconic Anne Frank, another brave young girl whose innocence was annihilated but whose spirit prevailed and whose gift to the world was the written testimony she left behind. To read The Blue Notebook is to bear witness, something we must do if we are to create a world that rejects the exploitation of children and creates a world where they can be safe.” —Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed

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