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Author’s Note:

The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not indented by the author.

About the Author

After her professional life, Lakshmi Menon resumed her passion of creative writing. Many of her short stories, children’s stories, travel and general articles have been published in magazines, newspapers and online. “The Second Choice” is her debut novel in English.



Foreword

The Second Choice is my first choice as a book.

The story deals with the marriage of Pavithra and Venu, who unwillingly enter into matrimony a second time for the sake of their daughters, Anu and Indu. Pavithra lost her husband Anand after 4 years of marriage. Venu's wife, Soumya, gave him a divorce and asked him to remarry after she became paralysed.

The plot unravels the complexities of longing and frustrations. Venu and Pavithra cannot understand each other. Their children find it hard to adjust to the situation. Although Soumya lives far away in Kerala she is an invisible presence in the house. The novel has a surprise ending.

Lakshmi Menon is a master story teller. She handles painful relationship with delicacy and skill. The narration is simple and from the heart. She involves us in the life of the characters who soon become part of our existence.

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