A Long Way Home

by

Saroo Brierley

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Lisa and Saroo begin dating right as he picks up his search his hometown on Google Earth. They live together in Hobart, and she overwhelmingly supports him in his desire to find his family. Saroo also explains that she very kindly didn’t take it personally that he spent all his free time during their first few months of dating scouring the internet for his family, and she is understanding of Saroo’s desire to return to India alone.
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Lisa Character Timeline in A Long Way Home

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8. Resuming the Search
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...Bengal. A few months later, in 2010, he begins a relationship with a woman named Lisa. They break up several times before settling into a solid relationship and moving in together.... (full context)
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...out and eventually, searches by state rather than his initial boundary. He searches nightly and Lisa graciously puts up with it, even though Saroo is somewhat distant. Sometimes, she admits that... (full context)
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By the end of 2010, Saroo and Lisa get faster internet, and not long after, he begins concentrating on the central Indian states... (full context)
9. Finding Home
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...a building he’s sure is his childhood home. After a few minutes, he calls for Lisa—realizing only after he yells that it’s the middle of the night. She hugs and congratulates... (full context)
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...few weeks, he finally raises the subject of going to India with his parents and Lisa. They all insist he should go, and they all want to go too. Saroo insists... (full context)
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Lisa backs down immediately, but Mum and Dad argue more. Finally, Saroo convinces them that he... (full context)
12. Reaching Out
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...have to figure out how he fits into both families across cultures. Mum, Dad, and Lisa are thrilled to hear all about meeting his family and seem especially interested in knowing... (full context)
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...many families want their daughters to marry Saroo, and he tries to explain again about Lisa. Kamla asks that Saroo marry and have children before she dies so he'll have someone... (full context)