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“The best novels are those that invite you into an utterly believable world of entirely authentic people in situations about which you care instantly. Gage’s beguiling narrative talent is in splendid evidence in Other Waters, making this fiction debut one of those enthralling novels.”—Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women
Maya is an accomplished psychiatry resident
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Kimy
I won Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage through a Goodreads Giveaway. I find it enjoyable to read novels about other cultures. I was drawn into the story through the main character, Maya. While some of the things she did made me want to shake her to realize she is being silly, that is no different from most people in the world. Eleni captured human nature very well through this book.

I loved the scenes in India when the book was describing the Indian culture and countryside. From the beginning of the...more
Jennifer
"In Eleni Gage’s Other Waters we meet Maya, a high achieving Indian- American woman living in New York City. On the surface her life is ideal: she has a family who loves her, a successful career in psychiatry, and a sweet boyfriend. But after her beloved Grandmother passes away, and her family is cursed by a bitter servant back in India, things begin to fall apart."

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Alyssa
Loved this book. It talks about a single Indian woman, Maya, who works as a resident psychiatrist in New York. Her cousin is getting married in India, and Maya and her American best friend, head to Mumbai for the wedding. Fascinating glimpse into Maya's struggles with meshing her "modern American life" with her Indian background and all the familial expectations that go with that.
George Coologeorgen
Enjoyed thoroughly,but felt let down at the end of the book. Was able to draw definite correlations to the ethnic theme of the book - at the end of the day, being Greek and being Indian in America presents many of the same complications. More universally, the struggle that Maya goes through is spot on to what most people probably go through in their pursuit of individual happiness.
Kiran
Oct 01, 2012 Kiran is currently reading it
May be 1/2 star... trying to read it since 2-3 weeks, but finding it hard to connect with the book. The story lacks depth and the gripping factor so far...
Janet
Other Waters is the story of Maya, a modern, twenty-something Indian American woman torn between her inherent culture and the modern one in which she's grown up. She can't help but compare herself to her older sister and brother who seemingly have it all figured out. But when Maya's father returns from a trip to India and reveals a possible curse has been placed on the family, Maya's world turns upside down. Now the question remains: Who holds the family's destiny in their hands? Is it fate or M...more
Tami
Dec 13, 2011 Tami rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Haven't received the book yet, just received notice I had won. 10/31/11
Received my copy yesterday, hope to start it soon. I have 2 more in front of it. 11/16/11
Started this morning. 12/9/11
Finished last night. 12/12/11

Maya is Indian, living in New York. She is doing her residency in psychiatry, has the perfect boyfriend, if you ignore the color of his skin, and a very spunky best friend. Her family adores her best friend and has no idea as to her having a boyfriend. Her cousin is getting married...more
The Joy of Booking
Other Waters is a light, chick-lit-y novel but with more depth than I expected. I really liked the immersion into Indian-American culture as I got to know Maya and her family, even if all of the stereotypes didn't quite ring true. I appreciated the honesty with which some of her romantic relationships played out - I was afraid for a while that I could predict her relationship status at the end of the book, but I was glad to be surprised there, and pleased that the author didn't take the obvious...more
Karen
I found this book to be very problematic. First and foremost, I think there was an editing problem; probably 1/4 of the text could and should have been cut. I thought some of the sections were included simply to educate the reader about India, serving no useful purpose for the actual narrative. Additionally, I kept having to re-read sentences, finding myself confused about basic elements of the plot. Second, while I liked the underlying premise and themes, I thought most of the characters were u...more
Sharon L. Sherman
Gage's narrative about living in two worlds (Indian and American) starts with almost-30 Maya's troubles with her almost live-in boyfriend when her Kalamazoo/India family is faced with the supposed consequences of a vengeful curse.

Through it all Maya does some inner work with her psych mentor/advisor as she completes a psych degree without forcefully analyzing everyone around her to death. The story climazes when Maya is in India for a friend's wedding where the reader is immersed in the living...more
Bonnie Brody
Though Maya was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, her family has very strong Hindu Indian values. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Maya is in love with a white man named Scott who is blond and blue-eyed. She knows that her family will not approve of him because he is not an educated Indian so she keeps her relationship a secret from them. She, along with all the other women in her immediate family, is a doctor. Maya's specialty is psychiatry. Thus, when her father returns from India and tells Maya...more
Melanie Coombes
I liked this story. Maya is almost 30 years old, Indian and not yet married. This causes lots of stress and worry for her family who wants to see her settled.
When Maya's dad returns from India saying a curse has been put on their family, Maya pays little attention to it. However, after several bad luck incidents, Maya begins to believe in the power of the curse. She returns to India for a wedding, with the hope that while there, she can have the curse taken back.
I thought the story would revolve...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...

Maya is a second-year psychiatry resident, an Indian-American who is keeping her long-term relationship with her boyfriend Scott a secret from her parents, especially her mother, who wants nothing more than for her to find a nice Indian boy to settle down with. Her sister Priya married Tariq, who is Indian, but Muslim, and even now, two children later, her mother Seema has still not fully accepted him.

After her grandm...more
Brie
I really enjoyed this book. It is one of those books that is more talking than action. Maya is Indian, born to parents that immigrated from India in the US. She is nearing 30, unmarried, and uncertain of how she fits in the US since at times she feels more Indian. Her grandmother dies in India and the servant who lived her whole life with the grandmother curses the family. Illness strikes the family and Maya thinks the curse real. She heads to India to lift the curse and find out who she is...an...more
Dasha
I began reading this book, thinking it was too slow for me. That is the only negative thing I have to say about it.

The author did a wonderful job attempting to merge both cultures (Indian & American). I got to visit a different country and feel different personalities- all without a plane ticket.

I found myself following Maya in her life and thoughts. Sympathizing with the experiences with guys. She seemed to find idiots from both extremes of the guy spectrum. But that is life, right?

What Ma...more
Catherine Gordon
I was fortunate enough to win this book through Good Reads. It starts with an interesting premise when an Indian family are cursed after the death of their grandmother. Whether the curse is real or not doesn't really matter it is more how the daughter feels a sense of displacement as she feels the link to Indian is weakened by the loss of her grandmother but is still uniquely tied to that culture, but has grown up in the West where her parents hoped to give her a better life. I appreciated that...more
Jaclyn Day
This book sounds a little bit like the prototypical chick lit if you read the publisher’s description, but don’t be put off by the girl-in-NYC-who-finds-herself-in-India clicheness of it. That’s a bare bones synopsis that doesn’t fully convey how well-written and thought-provoking this book is. It’s a subtle novel—it definitely grew on me the more I read. There’s a lot in it about relationships and about family, but it’s never thrown in the reader’s face or laid out in a series of quotable quote...more
Lori Anaple
I am not giving this a rating because I didn't finish it. I didn't like it. I thought it was boring and superficial. The main character, raised in Kalamazoo MI has strong Hindu roots. So when her father gets back from a funeral he tells her that a former servant put a curse on the family. Then bad things start to happen. Mya is a resident in Psychology and I just couldn't buy that this woman should actually be seeing clients! She is so one dimensional and lacks thought. Her boyfriend is not Indi...more
Lauren
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would at the start. It's chick lit in that it is focused on a female character and her romantic struggles, but it's not mindless or cliche like some.

Maya manages to over think almost everything in her life, but in that way I found her realistic and relate-able. The story was not as predictable as I originally thought it would be, and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.

Perhaps my favorite part of the whole book was being introduced to a culture wh...more
Kristina
I'm really having some bad luck with novels. This book doesn't seem (according to the description on the dust jacket) to be a chick novel, but the more I read, the more it is going in that direction. It's not badly written but I don't care about the characters all that much. As much as I hate to add another book to my "can't read" shelf, I'd hate even more to spend another week struggling to read it when I could move onto something better. I can't even give advice on whether anyone should read i...more
Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "Other Waters”
Author: Eleni N. Gage
Published By: St. Martin’s Press
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5



Review: Eleni’s writing style and the story itself somewhat reminded me of “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. The heroine, Maya has the perfect life in the states, but when tragedy strikes the family she finds herself not only in the position to save them all, but to make a journey that soon has her finding herself.
This story is timeless, beautifully w...more
Andrew
Nice story, a bit slow moving, but the situations and family dynamics seemed real.
Ellen
This novel was pretty enjoyable but there were a few jarring bits of dialogue that just didn't sound right. Gage is Greek so I'm not surprised at this. The characters in this book are mostly Asian Indians educated in the US or England. I found the conflict that the main character has between wanting to please her family by marrying and wanting to please herself by taking her time in choosing a husband to be pretty realistic and the lack of resolution to also be pretty realistic, even if I would...more
Ashley
I recieved this book by being a goodreads.com contest winner! I am so glad I won this book, otherwise I don't think I would have read this fantastic book! The plot was awesome, there were parts in the book that made it hard to stay focused, but I finished the book loving it. The names were very hard to read, since I know nothing about or how to pronounce Indian words. That was also a drawback, I did not know alot about Indian culture so I was confused a few times. So as I said, this was an aweso...more
Nicola
I did enjoy this book. I liked the struggle that Maya was going through, trying to fit into two very different worlds, keep everyone happy and still be true to herself. As a result of this conflict Maya is not truly aware of who she is. Learning to accept herself and those around her as they are was difficult, but inspiring for her. Well done Gage - this was written in a engaging and fluid way. I was however disappointed with the ending, or lack of ending. I felt that there should be more- leavi...more
Amber Polo
A good read for the romance reader in the mood for a more realistic view of love and commitment. Ms. Gage offers a good balance of conflict between family, career, and relationships with depth and sensitivity for every character. Both scenes in NYC and India came alive with color and culture.

I especially loved the Bollywood references and want to be invited to a Bollywood themed Indian wedding. Still trying to remember the name of the Jane Austin takeoff Bollywood movie, so I can watch it again...more
Carol
A story of a young woman trying to be happy living in two cultures. She doesn't see herself as very successful in either. The blurb on the back cover says, "...entirely authentic people in situations about which you care instantly." this is where the book sticks for me. I'm not sure the author ever made me deeply care for the principle character.
The book moved along well and was quite easy to read and I was happy enough to read it but never really connected to it. it was a giveaway book from Go...more
Liz V.
Other Waters explores the pressures on an educated child, of educated immigrants, to succeed in America while fulfilling traditional Hindu cultural expectations. Other Waters is, in fact, applicable to all immigrant groups in our so-called melting pot culture, but the most closely examined characters are women, making the book stand out from others.

My sole quibble is the ending, which is artistic but not believable. Hypothermia comes to mind.

An ARC copy from Goodreads.
Sally Guillen
While I tried to get into this book it just didn't grab me. I slowly read the first half of the book and it just became apparent that I had lost total interest. I grabbed other books and took a break from this one, but nothing helped.

This book is about a young Indian woman named, Maya who struggles with balancing her wants and what her family/culture expect out of her. I may come back to this book again at another time as I hate not finishing a book.
Joan Gage
An engrossing story of a modern New York woman torn between two cultures--her parents' India, where a curse is devastating her family, and her stressful life in Manhattan as a psychiatrist with a boyfriend she's afraid to introduce to her family. "People" magazine said "A Jane Austen-ish plot gets a delicious Indian accent in this effervescent first novel" and I agree. Also it's a treat for armchair travelers who want to know India but can't afford the airfare.
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The daughter of a Greek father and a Minnesotan mother, Eleni Gage grew up in Athens, Greece, and Worcester, Massachusetts, and has always been fascinated by cultural rituals and traditions. That interest led her to study Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University as an undergraduate, and, eventually, to earn an equally practical master's degree, an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from Columbi...more
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