To judge a book by a cover is passé – books should be judged by the readers’ ability to complete it in one sitting. But it’s a bonus when a book scores in both cover AND content. This book is one of them. Glad I picked this after a rather unsatisfying read. I couldn’t put it down; swept away by the elegance and poignance of her storytelling. It’s so familiar – in its markets, food, smells, people – it hits home. A story that celebrates women and diversity, tradition and modernity, highlights racism, classism, secrets and complexes of living in a rapidly changing, multiracial society. Safe to say it’s one of the best #SingLit novels I’ve read – is it any wonder why it’s an Epigram Books Fiction Prize Finalist?
Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal
Publisher: Epigram Books