The Archer is a story of finding yourself and being authentic to who you are and what you want even when society and everyone around you are pressing for something different. Set in Bombay in the 1960s and 70s, Vidya is a child full of fantasy caught up in the dream of becoming a dancer. Her childhood is fraught with pain due to her missing mother and overbearing traditional father.
We see her fight as she ages to live the life she wants and be the dancer she wants to be. Even after she gets her wish to learn dance, she pushes for more to break with tradition and move the way she wants. We see over and over that she is pressed back into the mold that society wants for her.
I really felt for Vidya as she struggled to be herself, to love who she wanted to love, to pursue her passion. The Archer is a very atmospheric read with beautifully written passages about fulfillment and authenticity of spirit. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thanks to Algonquin Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
What’s the last book that transported you to another time and place?