June 1, 2018

 I feel rather ambivalent about my reading of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Having read, and enjoyed, Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You, and knowing this book has rave reviews on GoodReads, I was excited to start reading. 

In the genteel, placid, carefully-planned suburban neighborhood of Shaker Heights, Ohio, the Richardson family has staked their claim. Lifelong resident, Elena, grew up there, went to college for journalism, married, and returned to Shaker Heights as a loc...

May 29, 2018

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag is a short read that packs a punch. At once dealing with issues of class and feminism, there are many layers hidden between these 119 pages. This sparingly beautiful story gives us a glimpse into the lives of a six-member household in Bangalore, India, as their fortunes in the spice business take them, rather suddenly, from lower middle class, within one generation, to high society. Told from the point-of-view of an unnamed male narrator, we see how quickly and...

July 14, 2016

With a compelling narrative and realistic characters, Nadia Hashimi brings the harrowing experiences of refugees to life in the pages of When the Moon is Low.

Fereiba, a young mother to three children, is forced to flee her home in Kabul, Afghanistan when members of the Taliban regime take her husband, Mahmoud, away and kill him. Her two youngest children do not quite grasp their perilous predicament, but her oldest son, Saleem, realizes that life will never again be the same. Told in alternati...

January 19, 2016

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan was an entertaining read, full of mystery and good humor. The best part is, a baby elephant plays a significant role!

 

When Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits a baby elephant from his late uncle, he is completely taken aback. How is a man supposed to raise a moody baby elephant in the middle of the city, while living in an apartment no less?! His anxious wife, mean-spirited mother-in-law, and bull-headed landlady don't make his task any...

January 13, 2016

I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and what would happen next. I was also delighted to read about aspects of life in India and the Indian immigrant experience, both of which were depicted so well (having been to India myself and engaged to marry an Indian man.) On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United...

December 31, 2015

 

I made it to page 130 of ~400 of Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi before I decided, with much chagrin, to put it down. As such, I don’t feel it’s fair to give this book a starred rating. Instead, I’ll attempt to write about my initial impression of the book and how it made me feel. 

 

Why choose to read Reading Lolita in Tehran now? It was first published 12 years ago, and has won numerous accolades from critics and ordinary readers alike.

 

The answers are simple.

 

I have a growing inte...

December 9, 2015

 

 

It has been a few months since I last made a post on ShelfishlyAddicted, and while I do feel a little guilty, it also feels good to know that I made excellent use of my time away. 

 

For the last couple of years, I have had a deep friendship with an amazing Indian man. "K" has been a breath of fresh air in my life, reflecting my best and worst traits, and encouraging me to do and be my best, not for him or for anyone else, but for me. My self-esteem and self-efficacy has grown in leaps and bound...

May 5, 2015

 

Left for dead during a deadly takeover by an evil jinni caste and then sold as a slave to a human through the dark caravan, Nalia is not your typical jinni. She is the last living jinni of her kind, which makes her, by default, the new Empress of Arjinna. Things are a bit more complicated than that, though. She is bound on Earth to her sadistic, ever-young master, Malek, who makes her grant the wishes of his sleazy clients, and who confuses her with his mood swings, which swing from violent to...

April 30, 2015

 

There were a couple times that I thought I wouldn't be able to finish The Secret Sky, not because it is a bad or poorly-written book, but because it landed gut-punches with its gritty realism. It's a love story, yes, but one of forbidden love in a country where simply being seen in the presence of the opposite sex can result in public beatings, bodily mutilation, or even death. Fatima is a Hazara, a Shia, and a peasant farmer's daughter. Samiullah (Sami for short) is a a Pashtun, a Sunni, and t...

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