The Shape of Family
The Olanders embody the American dream in a globalized world. Jaya, the cultured daughter of an Indian diplomat and Keith, an ambitious banker from middle-class Philadelphia, ...more
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What is it about novels within the first 10% or 11% that punches me so hard in
the gut...that I have to stop reading and compose myself?
Old memories came flooding back.
A child dies early in this book.
I had a cousin who died the same way - at the same age- many years ago, as the child did in this novel.
A very tragic death.
More painful scenes continued ...
followed by ongoing despondent prose.
Other than the emotional devastation at the ...more
BY SHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA
WOW! This book was fantastic for me to read. I can say that I didn't like the book in the very beginning. Usually I can tell right away within the first few pages if I am going to love a book and I am going to change my perspective from now on. This book is easily one of my favorite books this year. The story was well crafted about a family who suffers one of the worst kind of tragedies and how guilt and grief splinters the family as it blows the family ...more
With her wonderfully descriptive prose, Gowda brings readers into the Olander family with much of the book detailing how each family member handles their grief in vastly different ways. This is a quieter, slowly paced read that may not have twists and turns but will give readers ...more
Like author Jhumpa Lahiri, Shilpi Somaya Gowda is able to capture the emotional complexities of South Asian immigrants who are torn between two cultures and who struggle to come to terms with what their new home is offering against the expectations of their families. In the case of “The Shape of Family”, the family must also contend with a tragedy that cracks their ...more
This story revolves around a family and their lives after a devastating tragedy. It follows the stories of individual transformations and how we as humans go separate ways when handling with the unexpected twists and turns of life. It is creative and ...more
Unwittingly I was pulled into reading the second book about a commune in less than a month. This one was The Sanctuary and more modern day. Same principle.
Well developed characters. I could empathize with each one of them throughout the book.
A complete departure from this author's previous books.
By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
This is a beautiful story of a family dealing with loss and grief all in their own individual ways We follow Karina, Jaya, Keith, and Prem. Prem is the youngest of the family and the one we lose early on that set into motion our story. Prem is used as an observer of his family. Karina is our main player in this story, and we follow her life and as it is. We get to touch base with both Jaya and Keith and how they each deal with grief. Shilpi ...more
Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
More than anyone else in the family, I related to Karina, the daughter who struggles to find find herself and discover who she is. I loved how determined she was and how hard she worked at her studies. Having always been a type-A personality, that part ...more
The bold purple cover of this book stood out to me at Chapters when I was supposed to be shopping for others and I couldn’t help but purchase. I haven’t read a book this quickly in a long time.
It wasn’t until I was in the book that I realized I had actually read one of your past novels by fluke and had really enjoyed it. Your writing style, especially the short chapters, is something I very much enjoy.
This book is beautiful. Personally, I relate to it very much as I come from a broken ...more
Once again, Ms. Gowda takes us on an interesting journey that explores grief, families and culture.
In this book, we meet the Olander family - mother, Jaya, is Indian and father, Keith, is white. Their cultural backgrounds are very different as were their ...more
Wow! I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It tugged at my heartstrings and kept my mind whirring. I was so sad for the first third of the book that I had to keep putting it aside because the tears blurred my vision but it was all so beautiful too. Seeing how Gowda pulled the family members stories along was modern, clever and drew me in deeply. I am a big fan of the author’s previous works and had high expectations going in to this one. She did not disappoint. I won’t spoil any of the ...more
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