From the best selling author of CUT
Do you think your parents would sell you for money?
'This has always been our fate,' she says. ' Simply to endure,' she says, 'is to triumph'" (McCormick 16).
Can you travel through the darkness to get to the light?
Join the thousands of readers holding the hand of Lakshmi in her harrowing tale of trickery and triumph.
"Readers can't help but be moved by Lakshimi's fate." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Bildungsroman- Coming of Age
Sold would surely be considered a "coming of age" novel. While the trials and tribulations of the protagonist are far from normal, Lakshmi goes through a journey that not only steals her innocence, but also shows her the value of life and her role in the world. In the beginning of the novel Lakshmi is steadfast and bold, she tells her mother that she will go to earn money for her family as a maid, "'This is good news Ama...one less mouth to feed and I will send my wages home'" (McCormick 48). However, her dreams turn dark when she realizes she was sold into prostitution. This was a fierce awakening for Lakshmi, and she soon realized the difference between good and evil. She examines the city and comes to realize, " I don't understand this city. It is full of so many bad people. Even the people who are supposed to be good" (McCormick 159). Days, weeks, and months pass by. The weather changes and Lakshmi becomes hardened, she likens her reflection in the mirror to that of a corpse, until one day a strange man shows up. He asks her "Do you want to leave here"? (McCormick 204). Lakshmi struggles to find peace and deals with the internal conflict of paying off her debts and finding freedom. She ultimately is forced to make a decision: face her fear of the unknown and trust the stranger offering freedom, or stay in the darkness of the brothel and court shame she has made her own.