In India, a child goes missing every eight minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Sadly, 40% of these children are never found. But this is the story of one boy who was …35 years later.
Taj Rowland was kidnapped at seven in India, sold to an orphanage, and adopted by a couple in Salt Lake City. He and his American mother spent decades trying to find his true family, until his memories eventually became suppressed. “Thankfully,” Rowland says, “my past didn’t forget about me.”
Rowland’s amazing story is captured in the forthcoming autobiographical novel. The Orphan Keeper (Shadow Mountain Publishing), by best-selling author Camron Wright, will be released September 6, 2016.
Thought-provoking, gripping, and engaging, Rowland and Wright are available for interviews and features to discuss the following:
- Learning to adapt to an unimaginable situation
- The numerous trials Rowland went through trying to find his family, only to learn his own father may have been involved in his kidnapping
- The powerful love of two mothers—one in India and one in Salt Lake City—who loved and prayed for the well-being of their son
- The question "What does home mean?" when you’re forced to reimagine it
- How Rowland was able to forgive his kidnappers all these years later
- Wright’s journey to understand Rowland, his trip to India where he took in the impoverished villages near Erode, and how the telling of stories can bring closure.
Chellamuthu (renamed Taj) was no ordinary child. After being kidnapped from his abusive father, he was sold to a Christian orphanage at the age of seven and sent halfway around the world to an adoptive family in the United States. Faced with a new language, new country and new family, Taj struggles to understand the concept of home as he recalls the gruesome details of his past and unearths the fear and uncertainty of his future. Taj’s firsthand accounts of this experience are expertly recorded by Wright in this mesmerizing new book that reads like fiction.
The Orphan Keeper is a GREAT book! I couldn't put it down! From the beginning of the book up until the end, I couldn't stop reading it! Chellamuthu went from being a typical Indian boy, to living in the United States and not knowing the language or the family he was adopted by. When he goes to college and takes a semester to go to England to attend college, he gets placed with an Indian family while he's there. He begins to have memories and flash backs of his past, and the story just gets great from there. I passed this book onto my mom, and she loves it as much as I do! I hope it's turned into a movie someday! As The Orphan Keeper is a well written, adventurous novel! If you enjoy reading great stories or true stories, this is the book for you!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Orphan Keeper book in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.