8.02.2016

finished reading

I was reluctant to pick up this book. Even though it was part of Modern Mrs. Darcy's Minimalist Reading Guide, I hesitated. But I'm so glad I read it. It's a beautiful tale of multi-generational women who uncover their loving bond through revealing their inner selves. I'm not doing a good job of explaining this, but, it's a lovely book that explores relationships and expectations that mothers, daughters, and granddaughters have of each other. The writing is lyrical, there were several sentences I re-read because of their beauty and simplicity.

From the publisher:
The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

A couple of stand out quotes:
-“He gave me a look. I was not sure what it meant. Overnight, I had become expressions-illiterate.”

– “She says, ‘Why are you attracted to self-sabotage?’ I don’t know Dr. Berger. It is because it takes less courage to hurt oneself than to hurt others?”

1 comment:

Paula Kaye said...

Another good read!!