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The Confluence

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  19 reviews
"An endearing tale of love, loss, and healing..." - The US Review of Books

The Kiterunner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East.

The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.

In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her s
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published November 2015
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Vicky Hunt
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Drama of Family Overcoming Global & Emotional Distances
In The Confluence, Guha brings together the diverging members of a fictitious extended family in a global world. At the beginning of the story the main character, Naina, is writing a letter to her grown adopted son to explain the details of his unknown birth family. She’d been living in Paris, and went to meet her Mother-in-law to be in New York after getting engaged. Since her In-laws were in politics, they did a background check to
Analou L.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
" Ms. Guha writes from the heart and does not fail to move the reader with her narration of the events leading to her and her husband's decision to adopt a member of her family. The book is heavy with emotions-not in a depressing way-but in a manner that strengthens your faith in the extended family."

Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author through Book Review Buzz.
The preparation of her wedding leads Naina to dig deeper into her past. With the hope of finding the truth and a lost relative, she flies to East Africa. What she finds is more than she has ever expected.
Just a few pages and it will be hard to put this book down. One question raises, a clue is given, a secret is unveiled. But beneath it, many layers of secrets raise many more questions. One more clue is found, one more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The review is based on the audio book.
The story is based in the future when a mother decides the time has come to inform her adopted son who is about to become a father himself on how he became to be adopted and the family relationships.
Naina Ranjeeva does this through a letter telling the story of the past in present time. She includes the social unrest and political situations of that time. It takes a bit getting used to in the beginning to the back and forth of the present and future but one
Edward Etzkorn
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a wonderfully-written family drama that drew me in right at the start and made me want to continue reading page after page. The story takes place primarily in Bengal, India, and in a fictional east African country that combines the attributes, cultures, and ways of thinking of several real east African countries. The characters are likable, well drawn, and very real. I felt as if I were intimately involved in their personal struggles.
A real plus is the author's writing style, which is ea
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is a great book. The story is heartfelt and compelling, without being sappy or melodramatic. The author does a great job of interweaving the backdrop of political and societal upheaval into the story without having it overwhelm the story itself. There are times where the dialog seems a bit stilted, but I'm guessing that is a cultural thing that reflects more on me that the story.

This book is one of those rare gems that keeps me coming back to Reading Deals.

I was provided with a complimentar
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received the audio book for free for an honest review. I honestly enjoyed the book. The narrator had a very pleasant, easy to listen to voice that helped me to experience every emotion that was conveyed in this storey. The main character Naina details the circumstances surrounding her sons unusual adoption in a letter written to him. I haven't read a book like this before which is a big plus for me. I recommend this read.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was well written and beautifully emotional to read. The story is told by Naina Ranjeeva who is writing to tell her adult adoptive son the story behind his adoption. It is an interesting and very emotional story told with love and great detail.

The descriptions of the places in the story are brought to life and the characters are all flawed but each has a story and a reason for decisions they made that others found hard to accept.

It is a story of a family split by one sister's decision and ho
Nalini Warriar
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it

The synopsis is misleading: The Confluence is not set in the future of hovering self-driving vehicles and super sized TV screens in public places. This novel is about a mother in 2045 writing to her son, her adopted son, about how things came to be in 2017. Set in a fictitious East African nation, capital Taisoun, India and USA, Naina Ranjeeva, recently engaged is visiting her future in-laws in New York City. The opening scene made me chuckle: Naina’s ho
Puja Mohan
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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*I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review. *

The story is about Naina and her journey through family secrets, difficult time and adoption of her son Nikhil. This is beautifully narrated partly in letter format, written to Nihkil by Naina where she tells him about her journey in life. When Naina is about to get married to Dev she discovers the location of her long lo
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book starts out with a mother writing a letter to her adopted son in 2045 telling the story of how he came to be a part of the family. It doesn't take long, though, before the book evolves into the mystery of solving a family secret in 2017. The only problem is that the person trying to solve the mystery ends up being caught in the crossfire of a country in revolt.

Right before she is married, Naina is reminded of her long lost
Monica Fastenau
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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In this story, Naina is about to get married when she discovers that her long-lost aunt is living in East Africa. Wary, but interested in finding out what happened to her favorite cousin, Naina takes a trip that will change her life. She meets with her aunt and through trial and error finds her cousin living in India, but things quickly go wrong. What with the turmoil in East Africa (a fictional country that the author says is a
Roo MacLeod
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Confluence is a heartfelt letter from the mother to her adopted child. The letter is used as a prop to tell the tale of a child's family history. When Naina, the mother, is proposed to by Dev, his family being of a certain class not wanting scandal, they begin private investigations into Naina's past. This in turn inspires Naina, partially in fear of what might be uncovered, to go and search for her cousin she lost contact with twenty years previous. We are whisked away to the turmoil in Eas ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This begins with the adoption of a boy. Which then takes us back to the relationship of the adoptive parents and respective families. This is a story told by the adoptive mother in a letter to her son. We are then introduced to another story which is when my head began to spin as I tried to remember everything! I think the writer Puja Guha tries to create suspense and a cliff hanger, which is much like a promise, to keep us reading on for the consequences but then this is never fully realized an ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Words are what make the difference between good books and great ones, and Puja has the right ones that always makes her works stand out. I still haven't finished savouring the taste of The Ahriman Legacy when I tripped and fell on this. and here I feel there is more that I can relate to.
It presents the bitter truth in an embellished well-narrated manner. It all revolves around Naina and her son Nikhil. It follows Naina as she unveils to her son some ancient family secrets few are privy to.
Irene anderson
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Contemporary Indian Family Drama/Women's Fiction Confluence" is how The Confluence is presented upon opening the first pages of the book.
Naina Ranjeeva is writing a letter to her son in 2045 about the circumstances of his
adoption in 2017. None of which we are led to believe he knows anything about.
We along her adoptive son Nikhil experience the family secrets and events that decided the life he was about to have.
Now in 2045 and about to be a father Naina has decided she must share her story wi
Neil E.
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book.

A wonderful read! I enjoyed it immensely! I would love to read a part two written. Fell right in love with the little boy!
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win review. This book is about an East Indian mother and the letter she writes to her son about how she adopted him.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very moving story. I enjoyed the format - letter to her son. It was very heartfelt and easy to get involved with. Wish it gave the son's reaction to the letter though, maybe a sequel!
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Puja Guha draws upon her experiences from traveling and living around the world in her writing. She has lived in Kuwait, Toronto, Paris, London, and several American cities including New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. Each of these places and many more show up in her writing as her travel to places such as Mozambique, South Africa, Vietnam, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Guinea-Bissau inspire mo ...more
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