This is the story of Meiji - the only girl who has remained untouched and unmutilated in a country that has savaged its entire female population. Having saved her from certain death in the new Dark Age that has come upon their homeland, her guardian, Youngest, has transported her to the only place where she can remain safe - an Island where wounded girls are, sometimes literally, stitched back together and given a new life. But the Island itself is a menacing place, and Meiji may be in more danger than ever before. Now Youngest must find a way to infiltrate its odd environs to see what has become of his beloved girl, and escape once more..
The Island of Lost Girls showcases, yet again, Manjula Padmanabhan's genius at creating searing landscapes and alternate, sometimes brutal, worlds while reaffirming the beauty and the ugliness, the cruelty and the tremendous compassion, that essentially makes us human.
Manjula Padmanabhan is a writer, artist, cartoonist and playwright. Harvest, her fifth play, won the 1997 Onassis Prize for Theatre in Greece. She is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Getting There, Hot Death, Cold Soup and Three Virgins and Other Stories. Her most recent novel, The Island of Lost Girls, was published by Hachette India in 2016. Her cartoon strip SukiYaki currently appears weekly in The Hindu BusinessLine, Chennai. She has illustrated twenty-four books for children.