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S.J. Laidlaw

Author of Fifteen Lanes

4 Works 143 Members 41 Reviews

Works by S.J. Laidlaw

Fifteen Lanes (2016) 68 copies
An Infidel in Paradise (2013) 42 copies
The Voice inside My Head (2014) 32 copies

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Legal name
Laidlaw, Susan J.
Gender
female
Nationality
Canada
USA
Birthplace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
Mumbai, India
Education
BA (English), MSW
Occupations
Writer
Agent
Transatlantic Literary Agency, Inc.
Short biography
Susan J. Laidlaw has twenty years experience as a teacher and counselor in schools and clinical settings around the world. She has published articles on parenting and has led workshops for parents and professional educators on a diverse range of topics related to raising and working with third culture children. When she isn't backpacking through Asia or birdwatching around her island home in Honduras, she can be found writing stories. Susan J. Laidlaw currently resides in India.

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BooksInMirror | 19 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
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I really enjoyed this book. Compulsively readable, because the alternating chapters made you keep going to find out what happens next. It's amazing that despite the disparity in the girls' situations, you feel equally empathy for both. It takes a deft hand to do that.
 
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mermaidatheart | 19 other reviews | Feb 27, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
"Fifteen Lanes" is told through the eyes of Ellen and Noor, teenagers living in Mumbai, India. Ellen's family has wealth, while Noor's has none. Despite their differences, both young women want and need friendship and courage to move forward in their lives.
 
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bogreader | 19 other reviews | Feb 24, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Noor is living in the fifteen lanes in Kamathipura, Mumbai's red light district. She is fourteen years old and will someday inherit the destiny of her mother, a prostitute. She is a devadasi, and that is the way of their heritage. Noor has a sister, Aamaal and a brother, Shami. Shami has been born with HIV, so he is a sickly child.
Grace lives across the city in a more privileged section of India. Grace is rather a loner, but has an incident with someone on a cell phone where she reveals herself and ends up paying an outrageous price for such at school.
The two girls meet in a program where Grace and VJ Patel are helping young girls growing up in the red light district. They become friends.

This was such an interesting and thought-provoking book. The author works with actual victim's of this way of life. It is so hard to believe that people are forced to live like this in today's world.
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JReynolds1959 | 19 other reviews | Dec 12, 2018 |

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