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You Bring the Distant Near by [Perkins, Mitali]
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Gr 9 Up—Related in the alternating voices of two sisters and their respective daughters, this work captures the unique and, at times, fraught experience of navigating multiple cultures. Perkins examines the delicate balance between meeting family expectations and attaining personal happiness, a common motif in immigrant narratives. The story opens in 1970s New York, where the Das family has immigrated from England in hopes of planting roots and finding acceptance. Desperate for the adolescent freedoms they lacked in London, the teens chafe against their mother Ranee's traditional Indian values. Older sister Tara (Starry) longs to be an actress, and budding feminist Sonia (Sunny) craves autonomy. The relationship between Sunny and Ranee is at the crux of the novel, representing the collision and ultimate blending of cultures. In the United States, Ranee struggles in vain to hold on to her "Indianness," not only for herself, but also for her children. While Starry follows through on her entertainment dreams in Bollywood, it's a slightly rougher path for Sunny. Perkins does not shy away from the complexities of race and culture with her realistic depiction of painful estrangement between mother and daughter when Sunny marries Lou, a black man. It is only through her connection to her granddaughters, Chantal and Anna that Ranee finds redemption and transformation. This novel underscores the importance creating a home no matter where you are in the world. VERDICT This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA

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SIX starred reviews (Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and VOYA)!

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  • File Size: 1465 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 12, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06W5PD8XP
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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