The Shape of Family
The Olanders embody a modern family in a globalized world. Jaya, the cultured daughter of an Indian diplomat and Keith, an ambitious banker from middle-class Philadelphia, meet ...more
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Shape of Family is an intimate look at a family fractured by an unspeakable tragedy. Jaya and Keith meet in 1988 at a pub in London—she is the cultured daughter of an Indian diplomat and he is a middle-class banker from Philadelphia. Their union results in a house in the suburbs of California complete with two children; Karina is the oldest, a typical strong-willed teenager, and Prem, their ...more
I have loved this author's 2 previous books and feel uncomfortable giving such a low review for this book because I can only imagine the heart and soul that goes into writing a novel. However I struggle to give more stars because this book fell so flat for me. The initial events got me hooked but the story took an odd, unrealistic turn for me from there and never really landed back properly for me. There were several important topics that were touched upon in this book but I felt like ...more
This book begins when tragedy strikes at the heart of an otherwise ordinary multi-racial family living in California. The story follows the lives of each of the family members as they struggle to cope with the aftermath, each in their own way.
Gowda does an impressive job of showing how tragic circumstances have the power to both tear a family apart and bring it closer together than before. Although the first 2/3 of the book was still ...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.
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