PHOOLAN DEVI, Rebel Queen
She rebelled against the ancient tribal rules of India, her country, resulting in her becoming a Robin Hood type bandit. Essentially sold at the age of 11 to become a wife for a much older man, she ran away when he raped her. From that point on, there were few choices for her but to join a roaming gang of bandits, her ambition leading her to become their rebel chief. Ultimately, society caught up with her and she even became a strong voice for change as a representative in the Indian parliament.
A story of courage and unbending determination in front of centuries of established inequities in the classic Indian caste system. For mature readers.
“STARRED REVIEW. A woman operating with an eye-for-an-eye attitude is a rare and powerful thing, and this heroic tale of Phoolan’s journey from despair and abuse to justice and renown, is intoxicating.”
"This striking biography is as memorable as its vigilante heroine."
8 ½, 11, 224pp., full color HC, $34.99, $19.99 ebooks (9781681122526).