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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
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This book was a gem--a book about Punjabi Sikh immigrants living in London, some of them recent immigrants and others who immigrated decades ago, living in an immigrant and religious enclave. Nikki, a British Punjabi young woman, is sort of lost, suspended between cultures, not particularly religious, not knowing what her purpose in life is--and I really related to her--when she finds a posting up in a gurdwara about writing classes for women. She applies to be the instructor and thinks she's meant to teach creative writing to a group of Sikh widows but realizes that a lot of them are illiterate or don't have a command of English, not strong enough to write stories in English.

But they have great imaginations and desires and fantasies--and while they may not be the most fluid of writers, these overlooked widows are storytellers.

The book flew by. The characters were so interesting and definitely not caricatures or stereotyped and so multi-dimensional. A lot of the characters were women, but they were distinctive. Sikh and Punjabi culture was part of the story and it flowed in and around the novel and the characters (yay Own Voices).

Plus, this isn't just a heartwarming tale of female empowerment through stories or a novel with a cultural base--there's also a mystery and even real peril involved, which kept things intriguing.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2018 – Started Reading
August 1, 2018 – Shelved
August 5, 2018 –
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August 7, 2018 –
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August 7, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-books
August 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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