When close friends and seasoned travellers, Rachel and Gina, take a trip to India, Rachel expects the usual round of sight-seeing and collecting experiences, but she is not prepared for the secret that Gina is harbouring. Interwoven with this unfolding drama is the story of Sandrine, who writes letters home to her brother as she travels around India in the late 60s.
In a tense narrative that moves between two periods, we take a journey that is both sumptuous and dark. Has Rachel placed herself in danger? What is at the root of Gina’s anxiety? And what is Sandrine’s place in this story of three women making interior journeys as they travel?
Kanyakumari is a sensual delight. From the first page it creates a vivid world, both real and richly imagined – the beauty and squalor. Hazel Manuel will draw you into the mystery of Rachel, Gina, and Sandrine as they journey through India, past and present, to discover what it is that they are each in search of. - Jeremy Sutcliffe