Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian

I really enjoy reading books about other cultures and reading about arranged marriages is also a favorite of mine. This book includes both themes really well.

Neel Sarath, a fully assimilated Indian-American doctor had absolutely no intention of allowing his family to arrange a marriage for him. However, through a series of errors and manipulations, he finds himself in India and bound for a marriage with the only possible way to escape the marriage would be to ruin his family's honor in India.

We find our bride in the unenviable position of needing to marry in order to save her family from certain dishonor and to ensure her younger siblings will have some chance at marriage.She is no demure shrinking violet though and I enjoyed getting to know her as a person.

This book gives what feels like an authentic look into the lives of these characters and I could not help but to feel drawn to them. There are times when I wanted to strangle Neel but overall, I they both worked well in the context of this story. The people felt real and I loved that the story did not end with a neat tied up resolution. This book is definitely a keeper. I borrowed it from the library but I must get my own copy. I imagine that if you read it, you will feel the same.

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