America for Beginners

Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Sometimes you have to go a long way to find what you’re looking for. And sometimes a little beginner’s luck is all you need....

Welcome to the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company.
One fixed itinerary, one fixed price.
All levels catered for.
No refunds.

Beginner
Recently widowed Pival Sengupta has never travelled alone before, and her first trip to this strange country masks a secret agenda: to find out the truth about her long-estranged son.

Intermediate
Satya, her guileless and resourceful tour guide, has been in America for less than a year - and has never actually left the five boroughs of New York.

Advanced
An aspiring/failing actress, Rebecca signed up for the role of Pival’s modesty companion; it might not be her big break, but surely it’ll break her out of the rut she’s stuck in.

As their preconceptions about each other and about America are challenged, with a little beginner’s luck, these unlikely companions might learn how to live again.

A big-hearted, hilarious tale of forgiveness, hope and acceptance, reminding us that there is no road map to life.

©2018 Leah Franqui (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"An entrancing road-trip novel...humane, frank and funny." (Deborah Moggach)

 "A witty, wise and compelling romp." (Helen Lederer) 

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  • 03-04-19

Easy and Entertaining

great listen if you're looking for something easy with characters you can engage with. Exploring new cities and self growth. The changes positive and negative. Accepting them and learning from them. The only thing I didn't like is the narrator's tone. She read it as though a tragedy could strike any sentence now!