By Mitali Perkins
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017, 303 pages, Young Adult Fiction
From 1965 through the present, an Indian American family adjusts to life in New York City, alternately fending off and welcoming challenges to their own traditions.
This award-winning book brings up the unique perspectives of being multi-cultural in America through many generations. Learning to find a balance between your Indian culture and your American culture would be a different task in the 1960s than in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, or even today. While some characters defined themselves largely by their culture, others tried to assimilate, and still found that their culture affected the way they lived their lives. Either way, I found all of the characters in the book to be relatable and interesting, which is hard to pull off in a book that covers so many generations.
This book is beautifully written, but listening to the audiobook version of this book made reading extra enjoyable because of the narrator’s Indian accent.
If you enjoy this book, you might also enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.