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We first meet Sonia in New Jersey when she is with her husband, he seems controlling, and unloving toward Sonia. Then while shopping, Sonia spots Esha, who used to be her lover. They can’t approach each other, but after that Sonia cannot get Esha out of her mind. The two women met many years ago in Mumbai, and their love affair had lasting impressions on each of them. Now Esha is a mom, and Sonia is in an unhappy marriage, but can the past come back to these women, and can they find love with each other again?
Every part of this book is rich in customs, family traditions, and the curiosity of things we aren’t quite familiar with. This story really gives you an idea what it’s like to live in a society that doesn’t accept people the way that they are, and having to hide their true selves can be detrimental. You can really feel Sonia’s struggle with her family’s acceptance of her being in love with a woman, and you can see the back and forth pull of her time in Mumbai, and in New Jersey. At times heart breaking, this book really gets it right.
One of the negatives about this book, is that I felt most of the writing was stinted, the sentences were very short, and I felt like I was not getting the full emotion from the page because of this. It only took away from the story in the beginning, when I was getting used to the writing style, but after I understood the flow, it got easier to read and delve into the lives of these characters.
I appreciate the author coming to me with this request, it definitely opened my eyes to new genres and possibilities for reviews. I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars, a beautiful debut, and one that I guarantee will be a hit.
This is my first LGBT novel. It is very difficult to understand the feelings of a lesbian couple for a normal reader. This topic is still a taboo to talk about in Indian society. I could empathize with the characters of Soni and Esha. I could feel their pain when their family and even their best friend couldn't accept them initially and put a lot of restrictions. I felt, irrespective of a person's sexual orientation, we should respect every adult.
I liked the writing style which is casual and in the first person. At few places, it felt boring but overall it is like reading the journal of Soni and going through her life's up and downs. The characterization is good too with the depth enough to understand every character. The characters of Soni, Esha and Girish are impressive. I liked the way the story covers from Soni's teenage to her career, love, marriage, her hobby and her ambition. The climax is good and positive though predictable.
I felt the title is very apt though book cover looked dull. I recommend this to all readers who love to read some different love story and who prefer a light read.
My Rating: 4/5
PS: I have received this book from the author in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.