2009 Award-Winner


by Nancy Deville

2009 National Best Books Awards, Finalist – Best New Fiction (published January 2010)

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While having a seemingly harmless glass of tea at a bazaar in Istanbul, Meredith Fitzgerald, a beautiful soon-to-be married American doctor finds her privileged world turned upside down. It takes only seconds. As she’s waiting for the police to arrive to collect an abandoned gypsy girl left in her keeping, Meredith’s vision starts to blur and the bazaar music turns into a high-pitched whine. She recognizes too late that the tea was spiked with chloral hydrate and the effects are rendering her helpless.

In this gripping novel a confusing scenario grows yet more frightening as Meredith realizes that—like two and a half million women and children worldwide—she too has been abducted and swept into the dark world of the human sex trade. We watch in horror as the once confident, self-reliant doctor finds herself trafficked to Mumbai and trapped in a brothel compound where she’s expected to work as the doctor. But maybe, just maybe she’s not as helpless as she appears.

An accomplished first novel, heartfelt and compulsively readable. Written in the style of a memoir, Karma is a brilliantly crafted story of courage, friendship, and spiritual awakening.

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My gratitude to Ron Kenner for his brilliant edit, so light-handed and thoughtful, yet with exactly the perfect word and phrase suggestions. He made Karma a much better book. And thanks, too, to his assistant and associate editor Tom Puckett at RKedit for some good catches and thoughtful suggestions.

– Nancy Deville

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