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If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar
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May 05, 11

Read from April 26 to May 05, 2011

I love Umrigar's sing-songy writing voice, and this story is somehow warm and familiar to me (a feeling I get with a lot of contemporary Indian writing)... I think my sense of comfort with these characters and their lives stems from my own cross-cultural upbringing. I didn't love this story as much as I loved The Space Between Us, but it was good, and moved quickly and fluidly. I think it just didn't hold up to The Space Between Us, so my expectations were high. This is a very different story. Set in the US, instead of India, this is a story of living between cultures and worlds, and of family, and of enduring love--both of others and of the self. The incredibly crafted relationships moved me. And the non-American characters' observations about American culture and materialism and social behaviors were deeply insightful. I liked this a lot - just didn't love it.
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