IT'S SAGA SATURDAY! Introducing Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas...

Amazon reviewer: “I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while but it never seemed to make it to the top of my ‘to read’ list. I finished a couple of smaller books and was looking for a chunky read to immerse myself in a different part of the world, and spanning many years and generations, and ‘Of Marriageable Age’ ticked all those boxes.”

A “chunky read”, indeed! Of Marriageable Age spans three decades and three continents, following the disparate stories of three very diverse characters. Savitri, a servant girl growing up during the British Raj challenges the constrictions imposed on her by her orthodox Brahmin family, but, it seems, tradition will get the better of her.

Nataraj, the son of a village doctor in South India, grows up questioning his background and struggling to find his place in a rapidly changing world. Protected from modern life he has only his father as guiding light, but everything changes when he decides that he, too, will become a “Sahib doctor”.

Saroj, a headstrong girl grows up in Guyana, South America, caught up in an ongoing battle against the rigid expectations of her Hindu father. She manages to escape and finally comes of age in England; but a dark family secret challenges the future she has so carefully planned.

From the 1920s to the 1960s, the lives of these three characters that seem so separate are inexorably, intertwined, but the mystery of exactly how only becomes clear as their stories progress. The stories unfold against a background of immense cultural and political upheaval; both British Guiana and India are in the throes of their struggles for Independence from Great Britain, while World War 2 wreaks havoc on two continents. A family saga and love story to sink your soul into.

Author Sharon Maas
Sharon Maas was born into a prominent political family in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951. Her mother was one of Guyana’s earliest feminists, human rights activists and consumer advocates. Her father was Pres Secretary for the then Opposition Leader and Later President of Guyana, Cheddi Jagan.
In 1961, when she was only ten, she went to Harrogate Ladies’ College, travelling all the way to England on her own. In 1964 she returned to Guyana to attend High School and then in 1967 she returned to Harrogate.

After leaving school, she worked as a trainee reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown. She later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist.
Sharon has always had a great sense of adventure and curiosity about the world we live in. In 1971, at the age of twenty, she set off on a year-long backpacking trip around South America, visiting Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia with two friends. A twist of fate forced her to abandon the adventure. 

Robbed of her money, she returned home. Her travel articles were published in the Guyana Chronicle.

In 1973 she travelled overland to India through Europe, Turkey, Iran Afghanistan and Pakistan. India became a source of inspiration and a second home for her in body, soul and mind. Her first visit to India expanded into two years of living in an ashram in Tamil Nadu. There too she met the German cellist who would become her first husband. She moved to Germany in 1975.

After divorce and a year spent in Paris, Sharon returned to Germany where she studied Social Work in Freiburg-in-Breisgau. She met her second husband while working as a Probation Officer.

Her first novel, Of Marriageable Age, is set in Guyana and India and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. Several more novels followed, two published by HarperCollins. She moved to the digital publisher Bookouture in 2013 and now has ten novels under her belt.

She has also self-published The Mahabharata: Sons of Gods, a retelling of the great Indian epic which has always fascinated her. She has worked at this for 40 years, on and off, and first made it available to the public in2011. In 2020 she has used the lockdown to revise it yet again and republish it with a professional cover. She believes it is a classical work that deserves more exposure in the West.

Twitter: @sharon_maas

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