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“Amina thought she’d recognized what Kim was doing. She’d noticed it ever since she arrived in America, not only in life but on TV. You might cheat, steal, lie, but if you confessed, you could be instantly forgiven – as if the bravery it took to admit it made the thing itself right.”

“She looked at her husband & understood that he was the kind of person for whom a lie only counted if it was said out loud.”
May 20, 2012 09:31PM
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the parent to her parents. In Bangla ... they were still the parents,& she let them fuss over her …
“Was there a person who existed
neath langauges? … She had believed that she’d been born w/ a soul whose thoughts were in no particular dialect & she’d imagined that when she married, her husband’d be able to recognize this deep part of herself. She thought that this recognition was how she’d recogniz him
May 20, 2012 09:28PM
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“But Amina couldn’t stand to look. It wasn’t that George was old but that he felt sorry for himself that drove her crazy. If her father was Thunder then George was smoke – & how could you argue w/ someone who began to disappear as soon as you opened your mouth.”
Amina knew she was a different person in Bangla than she was in English; she noticed the change every time she switched languages on the phone. She was
May 20, 2012 09:26PM
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“She struggled to find some connection between the girl she so often imagined at home in her parents’ apartment and this American wife ... Sometimes she wondered whether the 2 girlswouldd simply grow farther & farther apart, until 1 day they didn’t even recognize one another.”
May 20, 2012 09:20PM
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May 13, 2012 11:17AM
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message 1: by TAB (new)

TAB I'm a newlywed, is this the kind of book I should read or avoid at all cost.


Sylvia Congratulations! I like this book a lot. It has as much to say about cultural differences, and misunderstandings that arise from them as it does about marriage. The author does a remarkable job of portraying America from the eyes of a young Indian woman, especially since she herself is American raised mostly in Southern CA, but well traveled in Asia. I love her collection of short stories Lucky Girls, was not so fond of her second book, The Dissident; and so am pleased to be enjoying this book. The author made the New Yorker's list of promising writers under 40.


message 3: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I think we need a more direct answer, says the peanut gallery!


Sylvia Read it! It won't hurt. I hope you haven't any deep dark secrets from each other! Best wishes


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