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Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage
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Jan 02, 13

Read in February, 2012

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 quotes. You learn about the main character (Maya) by what happens to her and the conversations with the people around her. It may seem insignificant—that a novel convey important things simply through character dialogue—but it’s rarer than I wish it was and made for a surprisingly enjoyable read.
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