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You Bring the Distant Near by [Perkins, Mitali]
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"This ambitious multigenerational story of finding identity and acceptance is inspired by the author's own experience as the youngest of three sisters who arrived in the United States in the 1970s. The exquisite narrative journeys across time and geography -- from Ghana to London to Harlem -- and crosses borders of love, faith, and culture. " -- Teen Vogue

"Perkins' new YA novel isn't just an exploration of family, but a tracing of its transformation as it crosses oceans and borderlines. You Bring the Distant Near captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, this elegant YA novel explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture -- for better or worse." -- Bustle

★ "An unforgettable novel ... Perkins's vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one's own path."  ― Publishers Weekly starred review

★ "How do you make a sweeping family saga feel present and relevant for a teen audience? Jump across time and space and highlight just those pivotal adolescent moments that are as unifying as they are unique: starting a new school, claiming one's faith, embracing one's identity, or falling in love ... Perkins has created a resonant and memorable tale that is both episodic and wholly unified." ― Booklist starred review

"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." ―Booklist starred review

"... an unforgettable novel... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path." ―PW starred review

"This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." ―SLJ starred review

"...an ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." ―The Horn Book starred review

"...features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant." ―Kirkus

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TARA's family has just immigrated to New York from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone's eyes, but she doesn't let anyone truly see her. Her younger sister, SONIA, is falling in love with a boy her mother can't accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family. The daughter of a Bollywood star, ANNA is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengali tigers she fights to protect. SHANTI is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow? And RANEE, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel. As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal. With sparkling humor and incisive feeling, Mitali Perkins spins a timeless tale of the American dream that spans three generations, four continents, and five love affairs.

Product details

  • Print Length: 320 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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