Literary Happenings: ‘Sold’ reveals humanity, both good and bad

Kidnapping. Human trafficking. The sex trade. Not the typical subjects of a children’s book. But Patricia McCormick has crafted a beautifully poignant young adult novel that captures it all in “Sold” (Hyperion; $16).

“Sold” begins in Nepal in the mountain village of 13-year-old Lakshmi. Although poor by any standard, Lakshmi takes hope in the bountiful love of her Ama, laughs at the playfulness of her speckled goat Tali, relishes the glory of rain on her face after a drought and exchanges shy glances with Krishna, the boy with the sleepy cat eyes whom she hopes one day to marry.

But Lakshmi’s world changes completely when her stepfather pays a colorfully dressed Indian stranger from the city to take her away.

Beaten, drugged and raped, Lakshmi quickly discovers she is to service numerous men nightly in a large room with half a dozen other victims, separated only by a thin curtain around her rope bed.

Written in spare, first-person vignettes, McCormick’s book draws readers into Lakshmi’s new life with great sensitivity.

The young girl’s story comes to a climax when she meets an American customer who holds out the hope of escape.

Thought-provoking, culturally authentic and beautifully heart-breaking, “Sold” puts an individual face on an epidemic of global proportions. A National Book Award finalist, it’s an excellent choice for any book group.


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