Little Flower chronicles the unique bond shared by two damaged souls: Sister Shanti, a mischievous, elderly nun from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and Meeta, a young prostitute with dreams of a life lived outside the brothel. Thrown together when a young man they love is murdered, they embark upon a darkly comic journey through New Delhi’s underbelly in a search to understand the curious crime that has stolen him. As they plunge ever deeper into mystery and peril, they are forced to confront a cast of colorful characters and the contradictions that run through the center of every human soul, all before arriving at an unforgettable final revelation that shocks as much as it inspires. Utterly endearing and completely moving, Little Flower stands as a testament to the wild and unwieldy power of love in its many forms.
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Little Flower Review
- January 1, 1970CharissaTed has a knack for drawing the reader in with suspense, plot twists, and rich details. As with his previous novels, I enjoyed the language and culture he weaves in to the story that add depth and texture. He has a humble way of incorporating themes of justice and equity. It took me a little bit to get drawn in, partly because of chapter format and narration, but I was drawn back to the plot again and again and really glad I saw it through to the end.more
- January 1, 1970Pam DavisI just finished the book “Little Flower” by Ted Oswald. The author is a word smith that brings into biting reality the world of India’s ‘underbelly’. He paints human faces on the country’s sex worker industry and the charity workers who reach out to the helpless and hopeless. It isn’t a love story, although love is a driving force in the book. It is a mystery, a who-done-it. The inclusion of an invisible pope (sans his entourage ) and the author’s conversations with this pope are distracting - b I just finished the book “Little Flower” by Ted Oswald. The author is a word smith that brings into biting reality the world of India’s ‘underbelly’. He paints human faces on the country’s sex worker industry and the charity workers who reach out to the helpless and hopeless. It isn’t a love story, although love is a driving force in the book. It is a mystery, a who-done-it. The inclusion of an invisible pope (sans his entourage ) and the author’s conversations with this pope are distracting - but it’s purpose and many other mysteries are resolved in the end!All-in-all, I found the book intriguing ... it is a story told with compassion and well worth the read.more
- January 1, 1970RuthI received an early-release copy, and I hope to put up a fuller review after the release date. For now I will say that the story surprised me *several* times and that this book is another truly immersive experience from Oswald.
- January 1, 1970Tom HailandI have read all of Ted's books so far and think he is improving with time. The messages in his stories are beautiful and he has a real talent for literature, keep up the good work Ted!
- January 1, 1970Michael B RothLittle Flower is a great read. It features a vivid setting, well-developed nuanced characters, moving relevant themes, and an unique style- the whole book is written as a letter from the narrator to the Pope. I was hooked right from the beginning and enjoyed it all the way to the end.more
- January 1, 1970Savio SebastianThis is a story of how our wickedness destroy the lives of many and how change happens slowly bringing redemption to both the victim and victimizer through forgiveness and love. At the end of the day, resting in the fact that we all are children of God and in him we will find the courage to fight as well as the courage to also rest knowing that there is forgiveness, peace and meaning while we live a seemingly meaningless life.more
- January 1, 1970LindaLast read of 2017....not sure I grasped the entirety of the book, there was so much happening, that I was unfamiliar with. But...what a vocabulary...that alone gets 4 stars. Keep reading...it all comes together in the last chapter. Pay attention to the beginning, it is important and I think I took it too lightly, I had to go back and read it again.more
- January 1, 1970Blair QuiniusBeautiful. The author challenges me to love on a deeper level.
- January 1, 1970Ted Oswald
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