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“A sparkling debut.” (Emily Giffin, number one New York Times best-selling author)

From a compelling new voice in women's fiction comes a mother-daughter story about three generations of women who struggle to define themselves as they pursue their dreams.

Simran Mehta has always felt harshly judged by her mother, Nandini, especially when it comes to her little "writing hobby". But when a charismatic and highly respected journalist careens into Simran's life, she begins to question not only her future as a psychologist, but her engagement to her high-school sweetheart. 

Nandini Mehta has strived to create an easy life for her children in America. From dealing with her husband's demanding family to the casual racism of her patients, everything Nandini has endured has been for her children's sake. It isn’t until an old colleague makes her a life-changing offer that Nandini realizes she's spent so much time focusing on being the perfect Indian woman, she’s let herself slip away. 

Mimi Kadakia failed her daughter, Nandini, in ways she'll never be able to fix­ - or forget. But with her granddaughter, she has the chance to be supportive and offer help when it's needed. As life begins to pull Nandini and Simran apart, Mimi is determined to be the bridge that keeps them connected, even as she carries her own secret burden. 

©2020 Saumya Dave (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Very rich and well-developed characters

I really loved this book!! It does an incredible job of navigating through all the complex emotions of the main characters. You really feel like you know these people...they are just written so well. The story took a lot of unexpected turns, but I enjoyed all of them! Wonderful and heartfelt story about self-discovery at any age.

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Too much and not enough

The narration was hard to get over with one voice for all the characters, especially male ones. The story had some really great moments towards the end, but the ending just left too much hanging... not what I was expecting at all. I could imagine this being made into a screen play though... sounded like it was written to be a movie.

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disappointing

I was expecting more from this story and it very much under delivered. The Indian accents were horrible and took away from the story. overall it was underwhelming

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Good story, narration could improve

I enjoyed the story but the narration made it drag. The intonation of the voices made Simran seem like she was whining most of the time she was talking. The narrator’s pronunciation of certain Indian names and words (“Rahul”, “Beta”, “Mandir”) could use some improvement. It made it difficult for a first generation Indian-American to seriously relate to the book. Otherwise the story was interesting enough and I would definitely be interested to see what this author writes next.

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excellent book

wonderful book especially for first generation Indian women. It was heartwarming and endearing. I loved it

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Narration great, story could use work

narrator was great. the story was a bit high-level. really wished they got into more of the real raw detail s of a few topics versus introducing so many at a 10000 foot level