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“Jaswal tackles serious themes (arranged vs forced marriage, traditional vs modern culture) with a light and funny touvh. A page-turner your commute will thank you for.” (Glamour Magazine)
“By turns erotic, romantic, and mysterious, this novel of women defying patriarchial strictures enchants.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A page-turner your commute will thank you for. Tackles serious themes with a light and funny touch.” (Glamour (UK))
“Warm and hilariously funny.” (Good Housekeeping (UK))
“Heady stuff ... a funny and moving tale of desire and its discontents.” (The Economist)
“Charming ... This is a sparkling read.” (Publishers Weekly)
“I loved this novel—it’s so big-hearted and earthy and funny. Best of all, it turns many preconceptions upside down, and opens up a world that so many of us have only glimpsed. A rattlingly good story.” (Deborah Moggach, author of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Every woman has a secret life . . .
Nikki, a modern daughter of Indian immigrants, has spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki impulsively takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.
The proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn English, not short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of erotica and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories that they’ve held in for far too long. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.
As the class grows, a group called the Brothers, who have appointed themselves Southall’s “moral police,” threaten to reveal the class's scandalous stories and the mysterious secrets lurking beneath this seemingly sedate, tight-knit community.
A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is a reader’s delight.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is truly a book for any person of any culture and I plan on adding new books from this author to my “to read” pile. It is eye opening to see how tradition meets modernism and to watch as someone comes to terms with balancing their life with the traditions of their family and how their family adapts their life as they watch their children grow into adults.
The bottom line is this is a must read for any woman looking for her way in life, for any mother looking for a good read, for anyone trying to come to terms with their children’s decisions. In other words it is a good read for everyone.
Ms. Jaswal has attempted a number of story lines. In no particular order:
A young woman seeking to balance between her culture, her traditional family and her modern ideas.
Eastern, specifically Punjabi culture meets Western, specifically British.
The suppression of women, specifically older, women in the Punjabi culture.
These same women finding an outlet or at least an expression for their sexuality
One or more mysterious deaths.
And these are only the major story lines. Something of a crowded field for a 298 page novel.
Initially I had expected a fairly balances discussion of traditional values versus modern values, but every chapter or so a new story line opened. This creates a lot to think about but not so much in the way of answers.
The erotic stories are scattered about and are the result of the Punjabi Widows hijacking an English Language course that was to be taught by Nikki, a modern Punjabi woman, law school dropout seeking her purpose while maintain her links to her mother and dealing with the recent death of her father, who may have died angry with Nikki and coming to terms with the traditions of her culture and looking for Mr. Right. Like I said a lot of story lines. O I forgot there are at least one suspicious death; actually two.
To her credit, Ms Jaswal does a good job describing Punjabi culture, its overly male orientation and the problems of living in or nearly in this community. I like a book that take the reader into a world previously unknown but from reality. Erotic Stories succeeds at this. Despite the overall shallow handling of the deeper themes in her novel, when the time comes to bring the threads together and bring about the climax (pun not exactly intended) she builds the tension and keeps the reader engaged and eager for the finish.
The denouement arrives in the form of several chapters, each designed to tie up all loose ends. With this many story lines, there are going to be loose ends. In this, a better editor would have guided the author to a shorter simpler wind up.
I will look for more stories by this author.
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