Lakshmi is a poor girl in a poor family in the Himalayan mountains. When the monsoons destroy her family's crop, Lakshmi is sent off to be a servant in a big city. She thinks she'll be washing clothes and caring for a rich person's house, but it turns out that she is passed from person to person until she ends up in a brothel, where she is starved and drugged until she submits. Her masters keep adding to her debt until it is clear she will never escape her slavery. Eventually, Lakshmi is able to escape with the help of an American who rescues her from the brothel.
This is a hard book to read, but it's a good book and a good reminder that all of the "first world problems" we face are not shared by those living elsewhere in the world. I would not recommend this book to every patron, but there are some patrons who would very much enjoy this book.
Recommended for: young adults, adults
Red Flags: rape, drug use, alcohol use, violence
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars