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Physical Description:255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Publisher:New York, New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,2014.
Formatted Contents Note:
Remembering -- Getting lost -- Survival -- Salvation -- A new life -- My mum's journey -- Growing up -- Resuming the search -- Finding home -- Meeting my mother -- Reconnection -- Reaching Out -- Returning -- My journey across India.
This is 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. 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, he 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. This is a true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. When the author 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. The author was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania. -- Provided by publisher.