Book Review: Perseverance Flooded the Streets by Abbey Irene Seitz

There are books that stir your soul and some nudge your life. I had the latter feeling with this book. Written by an American woman for the women of India, Perseverance Flooded the Streets by Abbey Seitz is a wonderful read and a meaningful book to savour. By all means, the essence of the book lies in India.

Let me tell you one thing – I am an ex-student from KV. Lovelyn’s interaction with KV girls about safety and mobility took me back to those days when faculties from different walks of lives used to visit and try to teach something us about life. Like a carefree mite, I never heeded their words, rather interested in their appearance and background. Anyway, that was a personal touch I got from the book.

The novel opens up with a typical American girl ‘Lovelyn’, studying in UW Madison. Like millions, she too has a boyfriend, an ongoing thesis, and dreaming of achieving something offbeat than the regular studies, and that is where her craving surfaces for doing some summer research on women safety and mobility in any part of the world. She lands in Bangalore, India, for her research on women’s safety and mobility.

As the novel starts, I believed that it’s going to be another romance novel with some repetitive climaxes; however, as soon as the lead character lands in India, the novel focuses on the Indian women fighting their way ahead at every corner and street. She once said at one point in the novel ‘Resilience at every stoplight. Perseverance floods the streets. Where does it all come from?’

As she begins working towards her research report with the help of a few NGOs and some helping hands, she experiences the plight of Indian women – how they are made to carry the burden of society by putting themselves in the grim of heat. Lovelyn’s observance about India and its poverty along with women’s plight is a matter of concern and not for a moment I felt that I have been forced to feel or imagine something I never wanted to. In fact, the matters related to women safety and mobility in a country like are of utmost importance, but people like you and me, wrapped in sophisticated jobs and business have very less to ponder upon.

The essence of the book transcends the barrier of a complex American girl, her soul quests something good for women. I would not want to reveal as what happened to her one cold night in Madison that not only changed her perception about women safety but also made her more firm to work for them.

The novel seems slightly autobiographical in nature, well its intensity and significant content compels readers to delve deep into for murmurs that seem far from their reach. Written in a superb and engaging narration, I think this book should be grabbed by all Indian readers to do more for our women.

You should buy a copy from Amazon/Kindle.

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