Little Flower: A Novel
Ted Oswald, author
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.
In Oswald’s rollicking novel, set in Delhi, an elderly nun teams up with a prostitute to find the killer of a boy they both loved, albeit in very different ways. Meeta Chandralekha is escaping from her brothel with her client and true love, Ram Kumar, when Ram gets into a fight at the train station with an unknown man and is thrown under a train and killed. Sister Shanti, of India’s Missionaries of Charity, who has known the troubled Ram since he was a small boy, decides to investigate after she learns of his death in the newspaper. When she meets Meeta, they reluctantly partner to find Ram’s killer. What follows is a dizzying few days spent on the teeming streets of Delhi, where Shanti and Meeta collide with vicious thugs, drug dealers, and noble street kids, while following a trail that leads to a slightly unhinged Bollywood actress who holds a shocking secret. The story is told in a letter written to Pope Francis, requesting Shanti’s canonization, by Sister Immaculata, whose gentle, wry humor adds levity to this story about a terrible crime and the blossoming of an unlikely partnership. Oswald’s novel is a unique, lovely take on faith, understanding, forgiveness, and love. (BookLife)