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Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.
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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Justine Eyre

Length:

3h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:07


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

01:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:13


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

00:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

01:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

01:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

00:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:55


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:31


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

01:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:51


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

01:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

01:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

00:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:25


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

00:57


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:34


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:33


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

00:52


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

01:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

00:52


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:08


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

00:58


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

01:22


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

00:29


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

00:14


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:18


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

01:06


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:15


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:12


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:36


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

00:49


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:24


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:38


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

01:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

01:51


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

00:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

00:29


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

00:17


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

01:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:08


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

00:44


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:24


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

00:27


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

01:23


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

01:39


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:58


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

01:05


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

01:01


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

00:32


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

00:24


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

01:26


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

00:54


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

01:05


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

00:47


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:26


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:01


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

00:27


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

00:30


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

01:24


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

00:31


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

01:27


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

00:49


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

01:45


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

01:08


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

01:21


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:42


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

01:15


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

00:33


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

00:34


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

00:21


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:01


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

01:58


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

00:36


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

00:33


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

00:21


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

00:45


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

00:15


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

00:27


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:42


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:10


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

01:31


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:23