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Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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I don't know what I expected going into this, but what I didn't expect was 11 rehashings of the same trope: Indian woman in a relationship with a man who doesn't understand her. I mean, I know it's titled "Arranged Marriage", but really? Let me give a few examples of what these stories entail. Woman fresh from India meets American-raised man and their relationship eventually falls apart. Vice-versa. Indian woman meets white man and their relationship eventually falls apart. Indian woman meets Indian man in India and their relationship eventually falls apart. Sensing a pattern? It got too repetitive and in some ways seemed to take itself too seriously.

The writing style was fine and I'm not gonna lie, it was nice reading about the homeland. But the plot and thematic elements were what irritated me.
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