I initially enjoyed the first few stories in the book, both because they were something different, as well as getting a first glimpse into mixed Indian-American culture.
But as other reviewers have noted, the stories eventually seem to all sound the same, and by the end I couldn't wait to be done with this book.
I was further disappointed because most of the characters are miserable (to various degrees), and two of the tragic endings rely on completely implausible circumstances -- the resolutions come across as lazy, since the reader can imagine plausible circumstances that could have yielded the same results.
Real characters & truth in relationships connect us all. Beautifully written.
For once, a cast of decent readers! This is a beautiful book and I only wished each character would tell me more.
The book is a few short stories of second generation Bengalis in the US. Good storytelling that makes the mundane interesting.
I wish I would have read Isabelle's review before wasting a credit:
"It was so uninteresting to me that I hardly could go to the second story...In fact, I didn't and will not try listen to the rest of it."
As I just did the same thing. I'll keep it on my Ipod when I run out of things to do, I just might go to book 2.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
This is a book of those bunch of short stories, some of them which are plain right boring and don't reach anywhere with their storyline. All stories have roots to Bengal, India and seriously it wouldn't have made any difference otherwise. Definitely overrated. Writing this review, I don't even remember some of the stories. Phew...