Authors Showcase: Broken Sky by Saurav Dutt
May 20, 2015
The Book: Broken Sky
The Author: Saurav Dutt
The Story: Under the glassy, dark pallor of a Manhattan sky, deep within the fall, Madison Avenue is teeming with people. Commuters and shoppers scurry past like frenzied ants, paying no attention to a woman who has been sitting there loitering for months on end.
They pass her by paying no attention to the vacant stare and sullen expression wrapped around her worn features. She has no name. She is homeless, wandering the streets and denying any memory of the past and any hope for the future.
Though she finds no hope amongst the throng of uncaring faces around her, she is sat there for a very careful and deliberate purpose. One that will bring her closer to the daughter she left behind years ago and which at the same time will place both of their lives in mortal danger.
Selected for the 2014 London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.
About Saurav Dutt:
British author and Screenwriter Saurav Dutt is a creative polymath. He wrote for The Guardian, The Independent; he is a screenwriter, independent film producer, painter, photographer, graphic design illustrator and above all, an accomplished author and novelist. His books have covered nonfiction film star biographies, contemporary dramatic fiction and horror, Manga and graphic novels.
His books have been short-listed and featured at the London and Frankfurt book fairs, MCM Comic Book Convention, BookExpo America, LA Times Books Festival and the Kolkata International Book Fair amongst others. As co-writer and associate producer of the independent film ‘Live Life Dearest’ he is also a Gothenberg Independent Film Festival winner and was shortlisted at the 2014 British Indian Awards in the Best Achievement in Arts & Culture Awareness Award category.
His debut novel Broken Sky was described as ‘A moving, confident and expertly layered debut’ by The Guardian.
Review by So I Read This Book Today:
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Kennedy
“One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.” ― John Lennon
Convolutions. Stories within stories, hiding, running, and the sweet surrender of forgetfulness. Broken Sky is a story of layers, of heartbreak and surrender. Saurav Dutt has created a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of a lost and homeless woman’s journey to reunite with her daughter, whom she abandoned long ago. But did she really abandon her? Or did she save her life?
The woman known only as Lauren doesn’t know doesn’t remember, and what happens next is the basis of a story of desperation and pain, a literary tour de force. For who is Lauren, really? Homeless, living on the streets, filthy and alone. And yet dressed in a mink coat, pearls, Gucci shoes, and a thousand dollar bowler hat. Who could she be? What could have brought her to this extreme of loss and destitution?
The narrative of Broken Sky is complex to the point of convolution, though never losing the reader, rushing the story, or losing its sense of truth and compassion.
A 2014 London and Frankfurt Book Fairs selection, this is an emotional story of loss that reaches deep, pulling together a wide range of divergent characters into a suspenseful tale of love, longing, and loss. And ultimately, the possibilities engendered by hope.
Review by Roger:
Nowadays, suspense novels tend to feature one-dimensional characters that march to their own beat in a manner that seems incredibly unbelievable if one factors in the tremendous influence of societal norms and other external factors on human behavior.
However, the author of Broken Sky understands and appreciates the complexity of human behavior. Consequently, this book features well-developed characters that readers can immediately relate to. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself rooting for one or more of the characters in this story.
I’d like to add that this page-turner has all the twists and turns you’d expect to see in a suspense novel. But, what surprised me the most was how Saurav Dutt was able to weave a thrilling tale that captures raw human emotion in such an elegant fashion.
This book represents one of the finest instances of modern day fiction.