The Sleeping Dictionary (Paperback)

By Sujata Massey

Gallery Books, 9781476703169, 496pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013



From an award-winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India--a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.


In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl. As a maidservant in a British boarding school, Pom is renamed Sarah and discovers her gift for languages. Her private dreams almost die when she arrives in Kharagpur and is recruited into a secretive, decadent world. Eventually, she lands in Calcutta, renames herself Kamala, and creates a new life rich in books and friends. But although success and even love seem within reach, she remains trapped by what she is . . . and is not. As India struggles to throw off imperial rule, Kamala uses her hard-won skills--for secrecy, languages, and reading the unspoken gestures of those around her--to fight for her country's freedom and her own happiness.

Praise For The Sleeping Dictionary

Praise for Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura mystery series:

"The upbeat narrative and resourceful heroine make for an appealing read." --Kirkus Reviews

An appealing protagonist and memorable supporting characters blend
smoothly with lessons in Hawaiian and Japanese history in a tale sure to
win new readers for the series." --Publishers Weekly

"The writing is as serene and graceful as the flower arranging...The
whodunit intrigue combined with the little tidbits of everyday Japanese
life result in a rich, robust read." --Library Journal

"Massey is a gifted storyteller who delivers strong characters, a tight plot and an inside view of Japan and its culture." --USA Today

her wry humor and her multicultural background, Rei is one of the most
complex female protagonists around...[Massey] has honed the skill of
captivating and educating her readers at the same time." --Booklist

"Sujata Massey has created a marvelous multi-named, warm-blooded
heroine who is strong willed and loving; smart and cunning; charming and
intelligent; naive yet worldy. Sujata masterfully weaves her heroine's life with India's struggle
and fight for freedom and gives us an elegant piece of Indian history wrapped
beautifully in Pom's story."
-Amulya Malladi, author of The Mango Season

"A love story richly woven
with India's history and struggle for independence, The Sleeping Dictionary
took me on captivating journey through one woman's devastation, resilience,
truth and triumph."
-Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Love Anthony

"The Sleeping
is the book that Sujata Massey was meant to write -- an ambitious
story of suspense and love and identity, rendered in lush, captivating
language. To read it is to step into a fast-moving time machine that delivers
us to places and events that  will be new to many readers. An exciting,
bold work."
-Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good

“The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal, and survival, is historical fiction at its best, accessible to all audiences."