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Lakshmi born in Chennai, India in the 1950's, slum poor where the nearest toilet is a quarter mile away and breakfast is a wish, without much hope other than surviving a harsh and precarious life in servitude.
Alpa her BFF and a character who is a wonderful addition to the story.
Shankar is the man she marries, a doctor, it's like a lifeline which involves immigration to small town USA. Even after decades in the US Laksmi feels like a stranger in a strange land.
Pooja is their thoroughly American daughter. At age 17 her parents, much like Indian parents, arrange her marriage and like 50 percent of American marriages is a not a success. Pooja was against the arranged marriage from the start and created a deep rift between daughter and mother. And this only touches on Pooja's life.
Deepa, is Pooja's daughter. She falls in love, with a woman. She is very comfortable in her love with everyone but her family as she knows the tumult that will cause.
The twist in this novel is the introduction of the narrator in the last section to bring the story to a close.
Want a little bit more? Search "Read an Excerpt from The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar" at Aerogram for an excerpt between Deepa & her grandmother including a 2 minute video promo of the book.
A wonderfully entertaining and detailed review can be found on line at 'The Rainbow Reader' "The Paths of Marriage".
Author interview at American Bizarre "Coming out is really just not an option for a lot of LGBT South-Asian American people"
An author essay in the Advocate magazine can be found on line "Op-ed: Why I Quit My Job at the United Nations". And another written almost a year before the publication date can be found on-ine "Guest Post: Mala Kumar on Her Upcoming Book, The Circumstance of Marriage"
An Interview with the author done 7 months before the book published can be foudn on line at 'Women and Words' "The Circumstance of Marriage".
Ms. Kumar has managed to narrate each story in a different voice, a different style, to suit each generation and time period. Her descriptions, particularly of rural India, are exquisite. The sights, sounds, and smells of Chennai flow off the page like a pool of color to surround us.
Each character is detailed and endearingly whole. The secondary characters, mainly husbands/fathers, play an important role and are themselves well rounded—but always as a background to the main protagonists.
This is a saga about personal growth—each woman struggles with her own dreams and the real-world challenges thrown at them. Ultimately it is the combined wisdom of the generations that resolves the novel and releases them from the bounds of their own conventions.
The underlying theme in all these lives is prejudice. We are led from the most basic of existences through emigration, moving from caste prejudice to racial discrimination and isolation. While the menfolk battle away in the background to improve their own positions and that of their family—from fieldworker to doctor to neurosurgeon—the women battle for their personal place in the world against both cultural and social restrictions.
A thoughtful and interesting journey, punctuated with personal dramas and enough pace to keep it moving along, this is an excellent novel. It should speak to all women, whatever our cultural background, and—as with all great writing—should make us think. In this case the lesson is one of recognizing our mothers as individuals who had their own battles and made their own sacrifices.