I received a free copy for my honest review.
About the Book:
Paperback: 378 Pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2015)
When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.
Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.
About the Author:
Sejal Badani is a former attorney. She currently lives on the West Coast with her family and their two dogs.
This was not a happy book. That does not mean it wasn’t a good book because it was – at least I thought so. It covers a very dark topic and it is never easy to read about domestic abuse. The story follows three sisters and their mother as they come together to deal with the father who is in a coma. The youngest, Sonya left home many years ago and has refused to come back home but the call from her mother that her father is dying brings her back. Her elder sister Marin is in an arranged marriage with a daughter and seems to be living a perfect life, the middle daughter Trisha seems to have the perfect marriage but all is not as it seems. The three girls disagree on how to deal with their past and all of them don’t know everything.
The book unfolds in alternating chapters – the three girls and their mother all share different pieces and it goes back and forth between the present and the past. It was sometimes difficult to remember who was narrating as there was not much difference in voice. Marin’s daughter does play a pivotal role in the story but she does not become a narrator.
I cannot say that I enjoyed the book due to its subject matter but it was a book that held my interest and it truly pulled at my emotions. I found myself, more than once, screaming in my head at various characters. The cultural aspects of the book added an additional layer of interest. It was a book I found hard to put down.
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