Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani was a fascinating story that at times brought tears to my eyes. It’s quite rare that a book has that kind of impact on me. I had to actually avoid reading it on public transport at one point because it was just too hard to keep myself together.
Without giving the whole story away, basically it’s about a photographer that hasn’t been in touch with her family for some years. But when her father falls into a coma she reluctantly returns to the family. She has changed, and her family have also changed. There are some really dark secrets that come to light and a history of violence that comes to the surface. Even though it wasn’t an easy read, it was a really interesting exploration of how cultures interact and how cultures change from one generation to the next. But I found the ending to be a bit of a disappointment to be honest *spoiler alert* because she seemed to still believe that she needs somebody to “fix” her, which is somehow beautiful but ultimately disempowering. Though possibly more realistic.
Anyway, this is a quote I liked from the book:
“Everyone must reach a point in their life when they stop running. When it is easier to stand still than to keep being chased, even if the person chasing you is only in your head.”