Home » literary fiction » Review : Mud Lilies by Indra Ramayan

Review : Mud Lilies by Indra Ramayan

We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Mud Lilies by Indra Ramayan.

Jera’s Jamboree receives payments for affiliate advertising. This is at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. As a Cratejoy affiliate I earn if you click on a link and shop from my link. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

book cover for Mud Lilies by Indra Ramayan .  A woman is blurred in the background with the title in pink and the author's name in white
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cormorant Books (17 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 177086640X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1770866409

The night fourteen-year-old Chanie Nyrider ran away from her abusive parents, she is offered a new life working as a prostitute. With nowhere to turn, Chanie was drawn into a dark world where she survived until arrested four years later. She was given two options: jail or a high school program for troubled youth.

Chanie reluctantly agrees to attend the program so that she can maintain her freedom and get to know her new love interest, Blue. As she begins to make strides in the program, Blue becomes unstable and violent. Chanie must choose between him and a better life.

Book Review

Chanie runs away from home when she is 14 years old as her parents are abusive. One day she is found by an older woman and led into a life of prostitution as harrowing as her life was before she ran away. Although difficult she lives like this for four years until she is arrested and given a choice: go to jail or enter a programme where she will stay off the streets and work towards her high school diploma. She chooses the latter.

It is while she is trying to get her life on track however, that she realises that a past like hers is very difficult to escape from and threatens to derail her plans. Can Chanie turn her life around and crawl out from the horrendous cards she’s been dealt?

From the very beginning, Mud Lilies packs a powerful punch in both the way it depicts Chanie’s life and the topics it covers.

There are some triggering events and the way they are described is harrowing. Far from being bleak however, this book charts a girl’s journey through hell to find happiness and despite finding the subject matter tough, ultimately I felt as though there was hope throughout the darkness.

The way this book is written is dreamlike and absorbing and I enjoyed delving into Chanie’s world because of this. It held my interest and I thought about it long after I finished it.

Mud Lilies is a book with real depth and hope.

Elena's signature
Pages in the mindfulness activities printable workbook

Indra Ramayan believes in the magic of love poems and the power of daydreams. Inspired by her wild past and writers such as Heather O’Neill and Angie Abdou, Indra wrote her first novel, Mud Lilies, while studying creative writing at Athabasca University. Ramayan is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and is on the board of directors of YouthWrite Society Canada. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with a Boston Terrier named Bodhi.

Twitter @IndraRamayan

You may also like:

[wp_show_posts id=”44149″]

Leave a comment