In the summer season, a young man dies; in the monsoon season, his widow gives birth to their son. Life and death find their balance in the lives of the servants, as well as in the life of the young American medic who attends both the death and the childbirth, and finally, the all-night ceremony of music - flute ragas - on the banks of the Ganges.
Based on her experiences as a midwife in India, Carolyn North has written a profoundly moving novel revolving around the story of an impoverished servant family, and an all-night ceremony of North Indian flute music. The reader is immersed in the heat and squalor of India, in its extraordinary music, and above all in the Indian worldview, wherein death is but part of all of life.
The artist Frederick Franck has called it "A profound inner portrait of India."
"Triumphant!" said the Library Journal.
"After transporting us deep into the Indian experience, the book leads us finally back to ourselves--and, it is to be hoped, to a richer, more open-heart version of ourselves than before." -- Yoga Journal