By Cathy Ostlere

Razorbill, Hardcover, 9781595143389, 517pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2011

It is 1984, and fifteen-year-old Maya is on her way to India with her father. She carries with her the ashes of her mother, who has recently committed suicide, and arrives in Delhi on the eve of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination - one of the bloodiest riots in the country's history.
Then Maya is separated from her father and must rely upon the help of a mysterious, kindhearted boy, Sandeep, to safely reunite them. But as her love for Sandeep begins to blossom, Maya will have to face the truth about her painful adolescence . . . if she's ever to imagine her future.
In this gorgeous, haunting portrait of love, loss, and growing up, Cathy Ostlere - in masterful strokes of verse - has created a simply unforgettable read.

About the Author
Cathy Ostlere was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Cathy 's first book, Lost: A Memoir, began as a series of poems but grew into creative non-fiction essays and eventually into a full-length memoir. Essays excerpted from Lost: A Memoir have been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, and CBC Literary Awards. Lost: A Memoir was a finalist for the prestigious 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. Her second book, Karma, a verse novel, was released in March 2011.