(Paperback | ISBN 9789388070621 | 152 pp | Sep 2018)
Winner of Book of the Year (Fiction) Tata Literature Live! Awards 2017 and the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018.
After losing all his family in a terrible famine, a man leaves his village with just the clothes on his back, never once looking back. For endless miles he walks through a landscape as desolate as his heart. Until two ancient women who have waited for rain for four hundred years lead him to the Village of Weavers where a prophecy will be fulfilled. A single drop of rain will impregnate the tiger-widow and her son will slay the spirit-tiger. The traveller will help the woman bring up the boy. He will witness miracles and tragedy and come close to finding a home again. And he will learn that love and life are eternal.
In her new novel, Easterine Kire, winner of the Hindu Prize, combines lyrical storytelling with the magic and wisdom of Naga legends to produce an unforgettable, life-affirming fable.
‘The magic in this novel kept me spellbound… I am in love with The Son of The Thundercloud.’—Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Scroll.in
‘Rich in symbolism, Kire’s story has the pellucid quality of folktales…Kire draws from her Naga roots and tells a story with the hills and their rocks and trees as a primeval backdrop—at one level evoking Paulo Coelho, at another staying true to her heritage of shamans and storytellers.’—Outlook
‘A timeless tale…[Son of the Thundercloud] reminds us that we can always choose love over fear, hope over despair, and believe in what’s miraculous rather than what is merely plausible.’—Tribune