Such Big Dreams (Paperback)

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Such Big Dreams (Paperback)


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A savvy former street child working at a human rights law office in Mumbai fights for redemption and a chance to live life on her own terms in this fresh, propulsive debut novel about fortune and survival. Named a Loan Stars Top Ten Pick, a CBC Canadian Fiction title to watch, one of Audible's Best Debuts of 2022, and an Amazon Best Book of 2022.

With a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue, Rakhi Kumar is nobody's fool. Though she lives alone in a Mumbai slum and works as a lowly office assistant for the renowned lawyer, Gauri Verma, who gave her a fresh start, Rakhi has come a long way from her time as a former street child. Most importantly, she's busy enough to distract herself from the nightmares of the grisly incident that led to the disappearace of her best friend.

Fiercely intelligent, Rakhi could be doing so much more than making chai, but she allows herself to be underestimated by her colleagues at Justice For All, Gauri's cash-strapped human rights law office. Rakhi's life isn't much, but she's managing. That is until a fading former Bollywood starlet tries to edge her way back into the spotlight by becoming a celebrity ambassador for Justice For All. Steering the organization into uncharted territories, she demands an internship for her young Canadian family friend, Alex, a Harvard-bound graduate student. An ambitious, naive rich kid, Alex persuades Rakhi to show him the "real" India. In exchange, he'll do something to further Rakhi's dreams in a transaction that seems harmless, at first.
As old guilt and new aspirations collide, everything Rakhi once knew to be true is set ablaze. And as the stakes mount, she will come face to face with the difficult choices and moral compromises that people are prepared to make in order to survive, no matter the costs. Reema Patel's transportive debut novel offers a moving, smart, and arrestingly funny look at the cost of ambition and power in reclaiming one's story.
Reema Patel holds a BA from McGill University and a JD from the University of Windsor. She has spent the past ten years working in provincial and municipal government. Such Big Dreams is her debut novel, and it was informed by her work in the youth non-profit sector and in human-rights advocacy in Mumbai. The novel was named a Loan Stars Top Ten Pick, a CBC Canadian Fiction title to watch, one of Audible's Best Debuts of 2022, and an Amazon Best Book of 2022. Patel lives in Toronto, where she currently works as a lawyer.

Product Details ISBN: 9780771073717
ISBN-10: 0771073712
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English