Avhi’s Flight

by Janet Johnson Anderson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/15/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781480870055
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781480870567
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 228
ISBN : 9781480870048

About the Book

WINNER, National Indie Book Awards for Best Women's Fiction. FINALIST, International Book Awards for Best Multicultural Fiction.
WINNER, Beverly Hills Book Awards for Best Multicultural Fiction. FINALIST, American Fiction Awards for Best Women's Fiction.

From a remote corner of Nepal's countryside, fourteen-year-old Avhi Tharu says a prayer for Mr. Singh. She has been promised to him in marriage. Instead, she clubs him in the head and flees with his ox and cart from the village. Days later, she slips through a mountain pass and into the lives of fellow travelers en route to Pokhara, and Kathmandu. On the run, uncertain who to trust, and how to reconcile the past, Avhi's encounter with girls and young women at the Thank Kot Center, stirs her to discover a purpose beyond herself.

Avhi's Flight is a beautiful and bittersweet adventure. Its story weaves together the complex threads of one girl's search for wholeness, the reckoning of lives left behind, and a culture's disregard for its women. Like the nonfiction bestseller Half The Sky, this important piece of fiction aligns with a central moral challenge of our time.

"If you're interested in women standing up for women, then this is a must-read."
---Bonnie Roberts
Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post; Fellow in Verse, Dublin;
Nat'l Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, Paris; Fulbright Scholar, Turkey

"This book highlights the sad realities that accompany women and their children in Nepal on a daily basis. It is an eye-opening story about how profound gender-based injustices are common practices in Nepal. The purpose of the Women's Foundation of Nepal is to tackle these issues by raising awareness of them, and empowering women with their rights."
---Renu Sharma
President, The Women's Foundation of Nepal

About the Author

Janet Johnson Anderson is an author, award-winning poet, and freelance writer. She enjoyed a career in advertising and remains a marketing consultant. She is an advocate for the special needs population, and for women and girls in difficult parts of the world who have been abused, abducted, and sold into the sex trade with little recourse. Where there are no resources, shelters, or authorities to turn to, she assists women who are learning job skills to become self-sufficient. She believes understanding such hardships can lead to change, and hopes her book will encourage dialogue on behalf of the many who remain voiceless. Born and raised along Chicago’s North Shore, she lives in Huntsville, AL, is married, and has two grown daughters.