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|Listening Length||7 hours and 29 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 30, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#28,687 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#46 in Dark Humor Literature & Fiction
#303 in Dark Humor
#677 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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I found myself taking much longer to read this book than most; pleasurably re-reading several paragraphs and pages. There is no waste in this book; each word is carefully chosen and each sentence crafted creatively. Whilst this book is not comparable in genre to Haruki Murakami, I found the author's prose similarly engrossing in the way she paints pictures with words.
The theme of the book centres on the relationships between mothers and daughters. The movement in time between chapters, creates a history of both the daughter and mother which frames their behaviours and emotions.
Another reviewer here found difficulty in connecting with both the protagonists and Pune and Mumbai where the novel is set. This was the opposite of my experience with the book. I felt all the pain (there is plenty) of the characters, got drawn in to their world and found the sections on Dementia and the early stages of motherhood particularly stark. Having spent time in India I felt reconnected with the sounds, sights and smells of the country. The author uses strong vocabulary at times, but because it is done very sparingly it has real impact on the reader.
This book is not a feel good novel. It is not a page turning story full of twists and turns. It is a book about the lives, loves, secrets, regrets and pain of four generations of women from a grandmother to a new born child.
But the plot seemed to move away from this into the mental health issues of the daughter. It was well written but just didn’t chime much for me, and seemed to end rather abruptly