Footpaths in the Painted City

A Search for Shipwrecked Ancestors, Forgotten Histories, and a Sense of Home

Sadia Shepard Sadia Shepard

RRP: £8.99

1 April 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843546054

Sadia Shepard grew up in a joyful, chaotic home. Her father, a white American Protestant, and her mother, a Pakistani Muslim, cherished their different backgrounds, and created a household full of stories and storytellers. But at the age of thirteen, Sadia learned that there was one story she had never been told. Her maternal grandmother had not born been a Muslim: she had begun her life as Rachel Jacobs, and belonged to the Bene Israel, a tiny Indian-Jewish community who believe they are descended from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, shipwrecked on India’s Konkan coast two thousand years ago. Driven by her desire to fill in the missing pieces of her family’s fractured history, Sadia headed to India…

Footpaths in the Painted City is an unforgettable story of family secrets, shrouded identities, forbidden love and, above all, eye-opening self-discovery.