A Long Way Home (Hardcover)

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Virgie's Staff Pick (June 2014): This is the incredible memoir of 5 year old Saroo, who became “lost” from his family in India. He survived weeks alone on the streets of Calcutta, then entered an orphanage, was soon adopted, and moved to Australia.
This is also the story of 30 year old Saroo, living a successful and meaningful life as an Aussie, but desperately looking for the family he lost in India. Saroo wonders, “How could you possibly find 4 people in all of India, when all you know is where they lived a quarter century ago.”
Don’t miss this amazing true story, to witness how Saroo changed from being a little lost boy with no family, to becoming a man with two families!

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, this #1 international best-seller tells the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home...but an identity long-since left behind.

Amazing stuff. The New York Post

So incredible that sometimes it reads like a work of fiction. Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

About the Author

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. That story is being published in several languages around the world and is currently being adapted into a major feature film. Brierley was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399169281
ISBN-10: 0399169288
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: June 12th, 2014
Pages: 255
Language: English