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A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian
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Jul 14, 2010

it was ok

I had high hopes for this book because it came recommended from a family member, but it was a huge letdown. The male lead, Neel, is full of self-loathing and, by extension, loathing for all things Indian. That's fine, and I know there are people like that out there, but the book doesn't work on a fundamental level because he never redeems himself. Till the end, he remains a lying, cheating, self-hating wannabe, and doesn't show enough growth to deserve the girl. Leila, the wife, is a more interesting character, but she too waffles between being strong-willed and a doormat. There were a few details that made the book a nostalgic read for me, but as a novel, it's sorely lacking.

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