Shona Patel, the daughter of an Assam tea planter, drew upon her personal observations and experiences to create the vivid characters and setting for Teatime for the Firefly. An honors graduate in English literature from Calcutta University, Ms. Patel has won several awards for creative writing and is a trained graphic and architectural designer. Teatime for the Firefly is her debut novel.
"Patel's remarkable debut effortlessly transports readers back to India on the brink of independence.... Fans of romantic women's fiction will be enchanted by Teatime for the Firefly's enthralling characters, exotic setting, and evocative writing style." -Booklist, starred review
"Debut author Patel offers a stunning, panoramic view of a virtually unknown time and place-the colonial British tea plantations of Assam-while bringing them to life through a unique character's perspective.... A lyrical novel that touches on themes both huge and intimate." -Kirkus Reviews "A wonderfully intricate world of the Assam tea plantations and the adventures and heartaches of marriage.... The historical detail makes this debut novel a rich reading experience. Those who enjoy historical fiction and portraits of foreign cultures will surely love this book." -Library Journal "A refreshing, fascinating debut novel by a woman who writes with humor and pathos that comes from experience." ?BookReporter.com "With lyrical prose and exquisite detail, Shona Patel's novel brings to life the rich and rugged landscape of India's tea plantation, harboring a sweet love story at its core." - Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter "Patel takes readers on a vivid tour of 1940s India, exploring the attitudes of the day and the traditions of the tea-growing region of Assam. The story ebbs and flows gracefully, sure to keep readers actively engaged and fervently enticed. Simply stated, Teatime for the Firefly is a true treasure." -RT Book Reviews