In Irene Black's new novel, we are taken on a journey with Saraswathi, the half Indian half Welsh heroine, who goes on a quest to find out about herself and her own spiritual needs. Her journey takes her to an Oxford college, a Welsh village and briefly to America. But to find the answers she must return to India, where she finally comes to understand the meaning of darshan. As always with Irene Black's prose, the atmosphere and colour of Indian life is brilliantly evoked and captured on the page, as are her descriptions of the other communities. Similarly the characters and the contrasting communities are vividly portrayed.
But the novel does not provide neat and tidy answers. As Saraswathi faces one disappointment after another, you are left wondering if she can ever find a place she fits in or someone who fulfils her needs entirely. Irene Black's fascinating novel keeps you guessing right until the very end.