Andalโ€™s Garland

๐ŸŒธ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž ๐—™๐—˜๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐ŸŒธ

Iโ€™m so excited to share this fascinating story about two women; the mythic Andal who lived in eighth century India and Saisha, a contemporary Australian who discovers her songs.

In eighth century India, Andal is born into a world where girls are married and with child by fourteen. Defying the mores of her time, she refuses marriage to a mortal man. Only a god will do. Andal’s imagination is boundless and her antics set the town’s tongues wagging. As Andal becomes more and more absorbed by her visions, she composes songs to her divine lover.
Saisha discovers Andal’s songs in a book on a trip to India with her partner Marcus. The verses are confronting and unearth memories Saisha thought were long ago buried. Not only is she unable to conceive, for the past two decades Marcus has chosen celibacy. What defines her as a woman when these two primal desires remain unfulfilled?
Andal’s words are deceptively simple, yet shine a lamp on the labyrinths of Saisha’s sexuality and her quest to find peace with the choices she has made.

๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ: ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

Andalโ€™s Garland by Helen Burns released September 15, 2021.

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