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You Bring the Distant Near Kindle Edition
A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year
South Asia Book Award Winner
...features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant. --Kirkus
The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books With wisdom and wit, You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors. --Shelf Awareness starred review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B06W5PD8XP
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (12 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1465 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,130,430 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you've marked this book as to read you need to get on it asap because it's such a beautiful novel.
You Bring the Distant Near follows the lives of five Indian women, three generations, from West Africa to London and to America and India. We get a glimpse into the lives of Indian women who have settled in America to live the American Dream. This book deals with cultural and race issues with five very strong and different women in the forefront. Although this book does include love interests they never take the limelight.
The first characters we meet in You Bring the Distant Near are Ranee and her daughters Tara and Sonia.
Ranee Das just wants the best for her daughters, she wants them to marry well but she also wants them to have careers so that they are never dependent on their husbands like she is.
Tara is kind and gentle like her father and a natural actress. Everywhere they move to she plays a new part, becomes a new version of Tara. Girls follow her, boys chase after her. She wants to make a career out of her acting but she's not sure her parents will approve.
Sonia is loud and opinionated much like her mother. She loves to read and write. She clashes with Ranee a lot, leaving Tara to try and mediate for them constantly but Sonia and Ranee hit their biggest fight when Sonia falls for an African American.
Chantal is Sonia's mixed race daughter. Very much like her aunt, she becomes the peacekeeper between her Grandmother Das and Grandmother Johnson.
Anna has all the fire of her aunt Sonia and Grandmother. But having grown up in India and then completing high school in America is a shock to her system.
This story is a very much character driven story and with such strong female characters, exploring the dynamic of mother/daughter, sister, and cousin relationships, it doesn't need to try to be anything else. All the women are multi-dimensional, complex characters who live full lives and experience complex relationships with their female relatives. This book is about family, change, sexism, race, it tackles so much in such a short time but it's not in your face, it's a gentle story that lets it's characters shine.
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Reviewed in India on 10 December 2017
This book is a story five generations of Indian women from India. We first meet Ranee, her daughters Tara and Sonia. They take us on a journey of leaving India, then Britain to go to America. The Das family decides that America will be their final home. This is hard on Ranee but she learns to accept it, while Sonia and Tara learn to accept it as well. Tara longs for the life of movies and acting is her gift. While Sonia is true to the core feminist, who believes in fighting for others rights especially women. But as the girls are finding it hard to live with Indian tradition, unlike their mother who wants nothing but India to remain in their home. But then Tragedy strikes and it causes a change in the family. It leads to Sonia and Tara both meeting the men they wish to fall in love with. Tara chooses an Indian man but still remains very American while Sonia goes full American and marries an African American man. As time goes by both girls each have a daughter by the name of Anna and Chantal (their American names) and once again Tragedy happens that teaches the Das family, its good to hold both Indian and American traditions close to home, and also to love both. This book is filled with life, love, and learning decisions that all women face. I really love this book and I suggest you go buy it and read it right now. Now onto my final thoughts about the book.
I rated this book a four out of five stars. It was well worth the buy and I am so happy I did. I love how inspiring Mitali Perkins made this book be. It shares the importance of remembering where you came from while trying to discover yourself as a person. It shows you that family is the most important thing and to never give up on that. It teaches you that real love can overcome even the most painful moments. It was inspiring to hear Sonia Das talk about women rights and how important even in today's light that conversation still remains. In the case of Anna, it shows how a family can feel put out about each other but can learn that things may not always be as they appear. It shows the ups and downs that all families face when not knowing their legacies. This book to me is especially inspiring to women and it shows how as young women we need to study are ancestor females, to better understand us. I can't recommend this book enough. It is such an easy but fast pace read. I flew through this book. I suggest if you're a female, go buy this book right now. I also want to mention that I love the diversity in this book so much. You See Indian customs, along with African American Harlem, plus the rich white new york. It's not all about one way of life, its truly about America and what makes us Great. It's about the world coming together and learning to coexist as one. So worth the buy and I suggest you do.