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Arranged Marriage, by Chitra Divakaruni

My review:

I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I must say Chitra Banerjee is a brilliant storyteller, she illuminates the world with her artistry and shakes the reader with her love. I will certainly look for more of her work.  Wonderful story, I enjoyed very much.

Editorial Review:

Although Chitra Divakaruni’s poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her “luminous, exquisitely crafted prose” (Ms.) that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature. Arranged Marriage, her first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical acclaim that would have been extraordinary for even a more established author.For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, the possibility of change, of starting anew, is both as terrifying and filled with promise as the ocean that separates them from their homes in India. From the story of a young bride whose fairy-tale vision of California is shattered when her husband is murdered and she must face the future on her own, to a proud middle-aged divorced woman determined to succeed in San Francisco, Divakaruni’s award-winning poetry fuses here with prose for the first time to create eleven devastating portraits of women on the verge of an unforgettable transformation

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The Blue Bedspread, by Raj Kamal

 

In the middle of a steamy Calcutta night the phone rings. An unnamed man in a city of millions answers to a voice telling him that his long-lost sister is dead. He must go to the hospital to identify the body and claim his sister’s orphaned newborn daughter until she can be adopted the next day.

During the long hot night, the baby sleeps on a bedspread that used to be indigo blue, but has faded to almost white. As the child lies where the man and his sister used to sleep as children, he quietly writes stories for her, telling of his own childhood full of intensity, anguish, and poetry. He doesn’t know his place in the world, but with the help of these stories, the baby someday might.
Raj Kamal Jha’s ethereal, poetic prose echoes the loneliness of the human condition. 
 
My review:
 
Beautifully written throughout. With feeling of sensuality, poignant. A truly feast for the mind.  This is indeed an interesting book, it started slowly but it pick up for me after several pages.  If you like sensual, ethereal story,  this is for you.

Eating Chinese Food Naked: a novel, by Mei Ing

This novel is about exploring a complex relationship between a mother and daughter, and the daughter’s reluctant homecoming to a family she couldn’t wait to leave. Her parents operate a laundry business in Queens. She is now back at home after graduating from Columbia University. She must confront the family and emotions she has tried to escape. Especially her deep, protective love for her mother. A no nonsense woman estranged from Ruby’s bossy, cigar smoking father.

I finally finished reading this book.  it was difficult for me to follow the story. I know myself not wanting to quit too soon, however, this writer just did not warm up to me.  It is a pity because the title beckon  me to read the book,  but the story did not.