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Desirable Daughters was recommended to me years ago by a bookstore coworker. I finally got around to reading it. Tara Chatterjee is happy enough in her current life. She and her teenage son, Rabi, live in San Francisco, where they moved after Tara’s divorce from the man her father choose for her. Her ex-husband, known… [keep reading]

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer crossed my path at a library sale. I finally took it off my shelf because, after reading several books that I found merely ok, I wanted to sink myself into something bound to be good. The setting: Zebulon County, in the mountains of Appalachia. Three characters are living out their lives, determinedly walking… [keep reading]

Long ago, when I first started blogging about books, I read A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. It was cute enough, so when I came across another of her novels, Strawberry Fields, I picked it up. Clever, ambitious, opinionated, but slightly naive Irina is the newest recruit to the strawberry-picking operation in… [keep reading]

I’ve been collecting John Irving’s better known novels since I read The Cider House Rules in high school. I finally got around to reading (well, listening to) one of them. T.S. Garp’s mother wanted a child, but she did not want to give her life to a man to get one. So, she conceived her son… [keep reading]

Despite the fact that I didn’t much care for Thrity Umrigar's later novel, The Weight of Heaven, and put her memoir, First Darling of the Morning, aside after just a couple of chapters, I’d heard enough good things about The Space Between Us that I decided to give Umrigar one more chance. Bhima has worked for the Dubash… [keep reading]