Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.
Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, and make him part of their family. And his story might have ended there had it not been for the persistent questions in his head: Who am I? Why was I taken? How do I get home?
More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past. Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late? And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues?
From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey of discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.
About the author:
Camron Wright holds a master’s degree in writing and public relations. He says he began writing to get out of attending MBA school, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily was published in several foreign countries. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. They are the parents of four children.
In Emilee’s opinion:
Camron Wright has been one of my favorite authors since reading The Rent Collector. The Orphan Keeper caught my attention from the beginning till the end. I knew I’d be hooked to the characters as well as the story. Wright is a brilliant writer and really knows how to captivate his audience. Chellamuthu or Taj (later known as) was kidnapped at a very young age and sold to an orphanage. Later he was sold to an American family, the Rowlands. They weren’t aware that he already had a family and when they did find out, they did all they could to help him. I loved this story of survival and love. I loved Linda Rowlands diligence in helping Taj succeed in school. The Rowlands loved him and helped him as much as they could. This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It kept me guessing till the very end. Will he figure out where he came from? Will he remember his childhood or will it be too late. I definitely recommend reading this book.
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