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3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Characters leap off the pages and into our hearts. . . . Ganesan crafts her work with such a gracefully light touch that readers leave the book with the sense of having just experienced something exquisitely fine. -Joan Hinkemeyer, Rocky Mountain News

Inheritance is a gracefully wrought novel centering on the emotional awakening of Sonil, a fifteen-year-old girl living with
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Beacon Press (first published February 3rd 1998)
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Quote: “And my mother’s fault- for wasn’t it she from whom I’d inherited this passion?” (Ganesan 127).

This event happened right after Richard left her. She wonders to herself did she inherit these traits from her mother. The word inherit relates to the title Inheritance. The idea and them of identity is figuring out who she is. My prediction of Sonil is she will find her identity when she will have a relationship with Richard but it turns out Richard left her to go to India. This idea of identi
Jennifer Ochoa
Nov 29, 2013 Jennifer Ochoa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-gave-away, 2014
I received this novel from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest review.

This was a very well-written (at times poetic) coming of age story about a bright teenaged girl in 1980's India who is struggling with her mother's unsavory reputation, not knowing who her father is, and other family, religious, and cultural conflicts, while also experiencing her first sexual and romantic relationship with an older man.

The mysterious figure of the protagonist's mother moves like a ghost throughout t
Amy Y.
May 23, 2011 Amy Y. rated it really liked it
The book called "Inheritance" is about this 15 year old girl named Sonil who lives with her mother and relatives on an Island called Pi (India). Recently recovered from Bronchitis, Sonil lives in a world with a mother who resented her on the day she was born. Determined, Sonil meets an American man named Richard who was twice her age! Sonil automatically falls in love with Richard and haves sex with him! Sadly, Richard tells Sonil that he was leaving to another country. Heartbroken, Sonil contin ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Zhen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2011
A novel with problems of the truth being hidden. The protagonist, Sonil, who's 15 years old lives with her mother and grandmother. You could say her grandmother took care of her for the many years not her own mother because she just ignores Sonil and doesn't even speak a word to her own daughter. one thing that started to turn her life around was her closest cousin, Jani didn't want to marry C.P. So she wants to go the the convent to become a nun and this left Sonil very depressed. But later she ...more
On the island of Pi lived a 15 year old girl named Sonil, who didn't speak with her own mother. In fact her mother just ignores her and never ever has spoken to her own daughter before. This caused her to loathe her mother. The closest person to her is her grandmother and her cousin Jani, which later became a nun because she didn't want to marry C.P. But really the reason was she was a lesbian. After Jani became a nun Sonil met an American older man, Richard, and had a affair with him. But in th ...more
Wan Yu( Stephanie)
May 12, 2011 Wan Yu( Stephanie) rated it it was amazing
Sonil is a 15 year old girl who lived with her great - uncle, grandmother, cousin Jani and her "evil" mother. Her life is never come easy to her. When she was little, she got so manu diseases that she have to go to the island Pi to live with her grandmother; after she settled down, her lovely cousin Jani decided to served in the church and joined the nun group; unfortunally, her grandmother became sick and got in danger, Sonil started to draw Mandalas in order to keep grandmother's live; finally ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a fast and easy read, however, I had problems with the progression of the plot. A lot of the detail seemed out of place, and I couldn't clearly decide what would be the climax of the novel. Additionally, the POV of the narrator isn't really explained- you can't clearly tell at the beginning of the novel what time period she is writing from (if the book is a look many years in the past or a detailing of recent events). Besides these complaints, it was an interesting look at a progressive ...more
Dec 02, 2013 SouthernGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to SouthernGirl by: I won a copy on Goodreads
Weaving an exotic coming-of-age story, Indira Ganesan's book, Inheritance, transports the reader to the island of Pi, off the India coast, and introduces us to Sonil, a fifteen-year-old girl searching for her place in the world. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was enchanted with the story. The characters are colorful and real and the writing draws you in right away. Sonil's search for love is at the forefront, from her strained relationship with her mother to her bittersweet affair w ...more
Jun 02, 2008 Mary added it
This girl name sonil. she is trying her best to find out the truth about her pass between her and her mother. They have been distance and it is weird and hard for them to have a good relationship. her mother would not speak to her but to spy on her sometimes. she wants to know why. sonil meets this guy name richard who is two times her age; which is 30. they had sex and this WOWED me o.0 the way her life is going is very weird. she goes on searching for the truth and i think all she need is love ...more
Mar 07, 2009 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research, india
Inheritance is a short novel about a teenage girl named Sonil. Her father was an American she had never met, only heard about, and her mother is an Indian woman who has disgraced the family by bearing children from different fathers and not playing by society's rules. Sonil struggles with understanding her roots, while coming of age and trying to find her own path.

This was nothing heavy or earth-shattering but I enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the insights were not trite or preac
Jan 01, 2012 Anne rated it did not like it
Is anyone else bothered that this 15 year old becomes emotionally and sexually attached to a man twice her age? And that there is nothing in the narrative that suggests that contraceptives might be in order? Or that the risk of pregnancy might have been thought about in some small way? Or just how inappropriate this relationship is?

There is more in this book that bothers me, particularly regarding the mother, but I don't want to give this book any more effort.

Jan 06, 2014 Marco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, it's different. It's about a 15 year old half American half Indian girl living in an Island with a mother that ignores her and family that tries to take care of her in the process, her favorite being her grandmother. Basically, being 15 she falls in love and is still ignorant about the truth around her (being honest since I am 15). Overall it is lovely, exotic and enjoyable, some of the lines here are written beautifully, especially with Sonil's reflections.

(first review)
Jan 12, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book at the Donelson public library annual sale, which was more a production than I bargained. "Inheritance" is the first book of the author and she has written follow-up books set on the same imaginary island of "Pi". This book is a nice coming of age story of a young Indian-Caucasian girl reconciling herself to her family, particularly her non-attentive mother. I appreciated the imagery of Indian life and culture and could relate to the young girl's coming of age.
Ling Juan
May 22, 2008 Ling Juan rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Sonil,half Indian and half American that's trying to figure out the truth about her parents. No one wants to tell her the truth about them and her mother is ignoring her. Sonil had to go through trageties to figure out the truth. To figure out how Sonil found out the truth of her parents, read this book. It's a great book!
Jul 12, 2008 Joant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A coming of age story set in India. I liked the glimpses of Indian culture, and I appreciated the meandering storytelling. There isn't really a plot here, just a story. The characters, though, I don't remember and I just finished the book.
Mar 06, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. A touching and mysterious novel about a daughter and her mother. Beautiful and poetic images throughout the story. Lovely explorations of various relationships between the very realistic characters. I read it twice!
I read this book as an assignment for my Global Studies class, and it did give me more information about the customs and culture of the region. I liked the coming of age story, but the plot was a little slow and boring at times, which didn't make me really want to pick it up again.
a pretty book but also a little favorite passage was at the beginning when she is describing her mother waking in the morning and getting ready.
May 28, 2008 Laurel rated it liked it
i read it in GL
May 30, 2008 Esther rated it it was ok
I read Inheritance for my Global Literature class for a project, but it was decent. Very descriptive in emotions and feelings, which is what I always look for in a book.
Nov 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
"Veena" is a musical instrument. I also learned that editors are Really Important. I knew that, but illustration reinforces things we already know.
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Jan 29, 2016 Tracey Hook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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there wasn't any there there.
Sarah Sammis
May 27, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
I read it but the details are completely fuzzy. I didn't take notes or write reviews way back in 1998.
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Indira Ganesan's newest novel, As Sweet As Honey (NY: AlfredA. Knopf), was released in February, 2013. She is the author of Inheritance (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998) and The Journey (NY: Alfred A. Knopf,1990.) Her books are available in trade paper from Beacon Books, and have been translated into French, Japanese, Greek, and German. She is a 1998 Bunting Fellow.
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