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A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian
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bookshelves: read-immigrant-experience, read-indian-fiction, read-womens-fiction
Read in July, 2008

Neel is a successful, Americanized Indian man, determined to escape the pressures and the legacies of a traditional Indian family. And yet when he goes home to India for a family visit, he finds himself tricked into marrying Leila, whom his family considers a good Indian wife.

Leila is more traditional than Neel--never having had the chance to escape to a better life in America, she faces none of the cultural conflicts that have divided Neel so. She's almost past marrying age, and when she learns that Neel's family wishes for the marriage, she cannot believe her good luck.

The story takes off when Neel brings Leila back to America, and long after the wedding, the two remain strangers. Neel wants nothing more than to be rid of Leila, and Leila wants nothing more than to know what's going on. Eventually she figures it out, adjusts to life in America, and learns to make a go of it with her worthless, fickle husband. The happiest part of the ending is that Leila never really figures out what a jerk her husband actually is.
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