Posted by: istop4books | January 6, 2009

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee

I wasn’t sure when I started this if it would be Indian chick lit. Hard to tell from the cover – but it wasn’t. This was gritty and at times difficult to read. The story of a young Indian girl who becomes a widow at age 17 and is sentenced to a life of waiting to die together with all the other widows

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee

from her region. She gets out and emigrates to the US, but the voyage, the arrival, her first couple of years define the rest of her life. Her insight into the mind of the recent illegal immigrant is masterful. Her transformation into an “American” is poignant, as are her observations, from New York nannies to Iowa farmers. One of the strengths of the book, is Jasmine herself, who while victimized, never allows herself the self-indulgence of victimization.

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee
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