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The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
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Feb 16, 2011

really liked it
Recommended for: South Asians

Amulya Malladi vividly describes a rich and vibrant India. It's beauty and it's ugliness are described in meticulous detail. We meet Priya and her large extended family early in the book. Priya is returning to India after seven years abroad to tell her family she is engaged to an American man. Her family members are described like characters from an Indian movie: the nagging mother, the modern brother, the mean aunt. Thankfully, Malladi develops the characters further as the book goes on.

Priya is torn between being the woman she wants to be and the girl her parents want her to be. This is a familiar struggle for many South Asian women, making it a relatable and interesting book. The style of the writing was unique, the narrative was intermixed with emails and recipes. Food was very central to the book, so the recipes were a nice touch. However, after the first few I ignored them. After a lengthy build up and climax, the ending felt rushed and abrupt.

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Reading Progress

February 15, 2011 – Started Reading
February 16, 2011 – Shelved
February 16, 2011 – Finished Reading

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