- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (30 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062645145
- ISBN-13: 978-0062645142
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer review
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"A playful yet profound novel [that] moves easily from heartfelt to humorous...what may seem to be a singular story about first-generation London-bred Punjabi women evolves into a story universal to us all."--USA Today
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The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed American debut with this witty, life-affirming family drama--an Indian This Is Where I Leave You--about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest
The British-born Shergill sisters--Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina--barely got along growing up, and as adults have grown even further apart. But on her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother as a teenager, school principal Rajni vowed never to return. But she's always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother's request. Struggling actress Jezmeen leaps at the chance to drop out of sight--unbeknownst to her sisters, she's escaping the wrong kind of internet fame. Baby of the family Shirina's wealthy in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision; time away will help her decide whether she will obey, or stand up for herself.
By turns funny, heartfelt, pointed, and wonderfully insightful, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that give us wings--and roots--despite our differences.
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The book is set in London, Melbourne, but mostly, India. The sisters - ages from mid-40's down to early 30's - have been quibbling all their lives. Rajni, the oldest, has a fairly satisfying life with her husband in London, but her 18 year old son throws her a curve ball just as she's to leave on a pilgrimage to India with her late mother's remains. Her London-based sister, Jezmeen, is an aspiring actor and social-media star. Their Melborne-based sister, Shirnia, has married a traditional man who wants a traditional wife, and things aren't working too well in their young marriage. The women set off on their trip to Punjabi, India squabbling with each other and at odds with others in their lives.
Okay, so a book with this setup plot can go different ways. It could degenerate into non-stop sister-hissing, or it can pull itself together and get serious. (While it might be fun for a while to read sister-hissing, the non-stop part would get a bit tiresome.) Maybe you can guess the ending, but the fun is how Jaswal gets the reader there. She's full of surprises and I think the book flows pretty well because of that.
(Each chapter of the book begins with a guide to the sisters from their mother, outlining their day's journey. I don't know a great deal about India - though I love reading books about the country and the people - but the Shergill sisters are Sikhs. I've never read about Sikhs before and so was very interested in that part of the story.)
I adored the first novel by Jaswal’s that I read, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but I think I actually even liked this one more! The dynamic between the sisters is so authentic. The characters are well developed, which their own flaws and struggles. The way those flaws and struggles play out throughout the novel and within the sisterly relationship is captivating.
I also loved the setting. I found myself googling the various places that the characters visited so that I could marry the image described in the book with real life. They were often very similar.
And Jaswal does not shy away from deep conversations or heavy topics. These complicated issues are woven throughout the book expertly and confronted with grace. If you haven’t picked this one up, I highly recommend it!