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Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave []



Three generations of Indian women living in India, New Jersey, and Manhattan try in vain to do what is expected of them and all fail, in the same year, by following their dreams instead.

Simran is finishing her master’s degree in psychology and planning her wedding to Kunal, an altruistic medical student, when she meets someone who changes the way she sees herself. Nandini is anticipating her empty nest with a sense of dissatisfaction with her distant husband and her job in a family practice clinic where the bottom line is everything, when a former colleague gets in touch about an amazing opportunity. Mimi is enjoying a peaceful widowhood in her village in India, visiting the local school to teach girls around the edges of what the curriculum offers, when parental complaints bring her to the attention of the superintendent. All three of them face these surprises with their own strength and the support of the others, in ways they didn’t realize were possible.

A compelling and complicated family story filled with secrets, assumptions, and growth through communication, Saumya Dave’s debut renders these women’s lives realistically, with stumbles and corrections as they go along.

This debut is a good fit for readers who like layered stories of women’s lives, complex social structures, and families finding balance between tradition and progressiveness.

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