Suneel Sarath was born in India, but he is completely Americanized. A Stanford graduate, he is now an anesthesiologist in a San Francisco hospital, owns a condo, and even has a girlfriend from Wisconsin. So he is stunned when, despite his best efforts to be independent, he finds himself returning from a visit to his home village with a “good” Indian bride his parents picked for him. Teacher Leila, though pretty, is a spinster by village standards, and she’s thrilled with her new husband. But Neel remains shocked and in denial and goes on with his routine, leaving Leila to fend for herself in her new world. But sooner or later he has to face his wife, find a halfway point between his rural Indian heritage and urban America life, and decide if Leila is more to him than just part of a contract his parents agreed on. Cherian’s debut novel adds new dimension to the concept and experience of an arranged marriage, and considers such complex and salient issues as immigration and assimilation. --Hilary Hatton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A lovely testament to the reality that happiness . . . can be found in the least expected of places. (Atlanta Dunia)
Engaging and thought provoking; a combination of India and America, tradition and modernity, oneness and individuality. I couldn’t put this book down. (Story Circle Book Reviews)
Although Cherian's debut novel started out promisingly enough, it proved a disappointment. None of the main characters were engaging or likeable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by STARGAZER
It's an interesting novel. One of the books that dive into the mind of those of certain cultures, it gives a clear picture of what it's like to be a child of India, whether... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimmy
I absolutely loved and could related to this book. Being married to an Indian myself (I am American) I get it, totally. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa M.
I thought this book was full of chiches such as couples who fall in love with each other only after marriage and Indian parents anxious to see their children with suitable life... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joann R. Greene
I'm giving this book 3 stars rather than 2 because it is Ms. Cherian's debut as a novelist, and she should be encouraged to keep writing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by BUBS
The author beautifully expressed the perspectives, and experiences a woman from an Indian origin would have coming to the US for the first time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leena Mehta