After her mother’s death crossing the border from Pakistan to India during Partition, baby Pinky was taken in by her grandmother, Maji, the matriarch of the powerful Mittal family. Now thirteen years old, Pinky lives with her grandmother and her uncle’s family in a bungalow on the Malabar Heights in Bombay. While she has never really been accepted by her uncle’s family, sh...more
I am also overwhelmed by its complexity, which makes it a challenge for me to review. In the tradition of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, she writes a novel that questions, critiques and gives loving homage to the survivors, the marginalized, the lost ...more
What dragged this book down for me was that I constantly felt like I was watching one of the supernatural Hindi dramas my grandparents are addicted to, ...more
About a quarter of the way in the book had me hooked and I couldn’t put it down.
What I enjoy about Indian English literature is that most novels don’t wrap things up in a cute little, happy every after, bow in the end. The good ones always stay with me a while and have me ...more
Pinky is thirteen years old. The year is 1960. She never knew her mother, a refugee ...more
Вторая же - это ураган судьбы, обрушившийся на героев, и едва не погубивший их навсегда.
Отличие первой половины книги от второй разительное. Ты совершенно не ждешь подобного, убаюканный любовно выписанными деталями, сочными красками и экзотическими ароматами той волшебной Индии, которая манит нас с рекламных проспектов.
Сначала ром ...more
I really liked this book. I have only read ...more
The book was lacking in that you pretty much hated all the characters, there was a lot of unnecessary description that slowed down ...more
Each member of the Mittal family is vivid from the main protagonist Pinky, a thirteen-year-old girl uncomfortable with her place in the family and grandmother Maji, who keeps the family unit running smoot ...more
La historia principal gira en torno a una mansión de la época de la colonización inglesa en la que ahora vive una familia que ...more
One day, as monsoons engulf the city, Pinky opens a mysteriously bolted door, unleashing the gh ...more
An intriguing story of superstition set in a bygone era with well-crafted characters and an interesting narrative style. A very thoroughly researched book. My only criticism is the author seemed determined to shove in every bit of research regardless of whether or not it furthered the story. An example is t ...more
As an undergraduate at Duke University, Shilpa specialized in Asian and African literatures and Women's Studies. She pursu ...more