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Mary Poser: Butterflies and white lies as Bollywood comes to Nashville Paperback – August 19, 2017
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"...a good metaphor in the uncrossable bridge, and a heroine who grows in understanding herself and her spirituality...entertaining and romantic." - Kirkus Review
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Angel A is a world traveler who shares her insights and experiences of global culture through narratives that are compelling, inspiring and insightful. Mary Poser is Angel's first novel. Her passion is to explore our inner world as revealed through the challenges, triumphs and revelations experienced in our outer world.
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I didn’t like Mary at first. She really was kind of a pushover and there were certain points in the book where I kinda wanted to go into the book, shake her and yell “Why!! Use your brain!!” But, seeing that this is a fiction book, I just settled for humphing grumpily at my Kindle. I think that she could have had a better choice in friends too. Her family, though, she didn’t have a choice and they were all kinds of crazy. Oh, and let’s not forget that she was immature. There were certain scenes where I was like “Really, you could have handled that better”. But by the end of the book, I did like her. She came into her own and I was like “You go girl”
I actually felt bad for Simha. He fell for a girl who was the polar opposite from him and who kept jerking him around the entire book. Honestly, I would have said “See ya” after the scene where she bolted after they had sex. But he still kept on trying. Sending her gifts, texting her all the time, making a Bollywood musical in Nashville so he could be near her. He was too much, even for me.
The secondary characters left a bad taste in my mouth. Mary’s mother was a homophobic, racist Christian. Her brother was the same but on a lesser level. Her father had no backbone and acted like Jerry Lewis to break up arguments. Her best friend was a jealous witch who was all about herself. Her fiancé was self-centered and racist. Actually, the only secondary characters I liked were Alice and Erin. But really, having Alice say “bro” all the time got very tiring to read. Also, having the characters leaving the g’s off of words “Starvin’, such as, was great to create the accent but that too got tiring to read.
I did like the sex scene between Simha and Mary. It showed the full depth of their feelings for each other (even if Mary wasn’t willing to admit it). All I have to say is cosmic sex rocks….lol. That scene is also why I kinda hesitated on slapping a Christian label on this review. But seeing how heavily God was mentioned, I felt that a Christian label was appropriate.
The whole Bollywood angle fascinated me, along with the mentions of the Hindu religion. Believe it or not, but I have never seen a Bollywood movie but after this book, I am going to find one and watch it. I have a feeling that it will be right up my alley. Also, I didn’t know much about the Hindu religion and thought that it was awesome that the author had Simha explain the aspect of the religion to Mary. What I liked were the changes that Mary made in her life. Taking up yoga and going vegetarian was a pretty significant lifestyle change. I just wish that she had the sense to do the other changes earlier in the book.
The end of the book was insane. Everything blew up at once and it was kind of hard to keep track of things. But I liked it, it was very interesting and definitely kept you on your toes reading wise
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Mary has always lived according her family’s expectations, doing her best to maintain their confidence in her. Still, her heart has other plans. Meeting Simha Das had been a key moment for her, the moment she understood what it actually felt like to connect with someone. Simha’s Hindu religion is definitely a disadvantage, where Mary’s Christian upbringing represents the same for him. Except that, they both have to face distance and gossip.
I must admit, this book was a little out of my comfort zone and I was afraid to start it, thinking I may not enjoy it as much. However, I was quickly captured by the characters and the great writing, that I could not put it down. It touches several strong themes, like family, religion, love that can withstand miles and for that I believe it can be considered quite complex. From writing perspective, the way these themes blend into Mary and Simha’s story is amazing. The southern hospitality is very vivid and even the accent can be somehow felt through the pages. I could hear the characters talking while reading and for the that I can only appreciate it more. Also the funny lines made me smile more than once.
Mary and Simha are very well built, each showing respect for the others religion or customs. Simha shows some of the beautiful aspects of his religion, while Mary tries to show him her culture as well. They discover one another step by step and try to overcome two of the biggest obstacles in a relationship: distance and culture.
To summarize, I loved this book very much. I loved how the author combined all these sensitive themes and I definitely loved Mary. We get to experience her development as an individual and as a woman. Personally, this book gave me some courage to expand my horizon on another type of relationships and for that I am more than grateful.
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