I can't wait to read this book. Yes it is by an Indian woman and yes it could be pigeon-holed as the sort of "identity fiction" I begged to come to an end. But I can tell it's going to be amazing. It's not going to be one of those "one foot in the east, one foot in the west, woe is me tales." It's going to be a full, robust, plot-driven adventure, featuring an Indian woman as the protagonist. Just check out this blurb from Amazon:
In the wake of their mother’s mysterious death, Linno and Anju are raised in Kerala by their father, Melvin, a reluctant Christian prone to bouts of dyspepsia, and their grandmother, the superstitious and strong-willed Ammachi. When Anju wins a scholarship to a prestigious school in America, she seizes the opportunity, even though it means betraying her sister. In New York, Anju is plunged into the elite world of her Hindu American host family, led by a well-known television personality and her fiendishly ambitious son, a Princeton drop out determined to make a documentary about Anju’s life. But when Anju finds herself ensnared by her own lies, she runs away and lands a job as a bikini waxer in a Queens beauty salon.
And apparently that's only the first half...! Seriously? The "Indian-American experience" with a sort of culmination at a waxing lounge in Queens?? I'm getting tingly thinking about it...!
If any of you want to read this with me, welcome to the most low-key book club of all time. We can read the book and, in a month or so, we can put up some of our thoughts about it. Done. Hope you'll join me!