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The Taste of Ginger: A Novel Kindle Edition
In Mansi Shah’s stunning debut novel, a family tragedy beckons a first-generation immigrant to the city of her birth, where she grapples with her family’s past in search of where she truly belongs.
After her parents moved her and her brother to America, Preeti Desai never meant to tear her family apart. All she did was fall in love with a white Christian carnivore instead of a conventional Indian boy. Years later, with her parents not speaking to her and her controversial relationship in tatters, all Preeti has left is her career at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm.
But when Preeti receives word of a terrible accident in the city where she was born, she returns to India, where she’ll have to face her estranged parents…and the complicated past they left behind. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of her heritage, Preeti catches a startling glimpse of her family’s battles with class, tradition, and sacrifice. Torn between two beautifully flawed cultures, Preeti must now untangle what home truly means to her.
From the Publisher
In The Taste of Ginger, Preeti Desai is an Indian American lawyer living in Los Angeles who has spent most of her life trying to assimilate to American culture and working her way up the corporate ladder. But after Preeti falls in love with a white man, she finds herself on the outside of even her own family. When her brother and sister-in-law are in an accident while in India for a cousin’s wedding, Preeti rushes back to Ahmedabad, the city of her birth, for the first time as an adult. Surrounded by the sights, smells, and sounds of a place and culture that are at once both familiar and unknown, Preeti finds herself questioning the life and values she left behind in LA. She also begins to understand more about her parents’ choice to move to America, the hardships they’ve faced since, and everything they left behind in India, all while gaining a new appreciation for a land she’s just now getting to really know.
A poignant and timely story about immigration, cultural differences, and the desire to belong, The Taste of Ginger is one novel that’s not to be missed. With every page of this heartfelt and ultimately uplifting story about family, friendship, and personal discovery, I found myself cheering for Preeti as she searches for what she wants out of life and where she truly belongs.
—Alicia Clancy, Editor
About the Author
Mansi Shah is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. She was born in Toronto, Canada, was raised in the midwestern United States, and studied at universities in Australia and England. When she's not writing, she's traveling and exploring different cultures near and far, experimenting on a new culinary creation, or trying to improve her tennis game. For more information, visit her online at mansikshah.com.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08YYYVVTC
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 January 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2361 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542031907
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,047 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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How wrong was I!
It is a beautifully crafted story which, as a white woman, gave me an insight into how life must be for non white immigrants. I have always known that glass ceilings existed based on gender, race, colour, religion etc but this story allowed me to see it from a different angle.
It also made me miss India (I have been lucky enough to have visited several times) and the relative simplicity of life where all the rules are in place, even if they don't always make sense to us in the West.
The writing evoked powerful imagery. I could smell the unique scents and visualise the crazy traffic system. I could sympathise with Carrie's terror in her first car journey lol
I also found the family dynamics relatable as the different generations struggle to adapt their expectations with new knowledge of each other
I would highly recommend this thoughtful and evocative novel which should leave you questioning your own understanding
This is a really good story filled with likeable and believable characters who have all made sacrifices to start a new life in America. It also shows how hard it is to be a visible immigrant trying so hard to fit in but to also retain customs and a way if life from home. It really hope there is a sequel I want to know happens next.
The book picked up again around the 75% point and I became more immersed in Preeti’s relationships with the other characters and the strict rules and customs of the country. Western readers might believe the book was set 20-30 years ago as Indian customs are so outdated, and I never realised their caste system was so rascist and prejudiced amongst the people of their own country. But I do now have a huge respect for their customs and beliefs and the contentment the majority of them feel for their rather harsh and disciplined lifestyle. The book may not have had the ending I would like, but it was probably a more realistic one.
Finally, the x-ray facility for this book on Kindle is useless. There is no character list, so I had to keep doing a ‘search’ for previous references, and a glossary of Indian words and terminology would have been very helpful in the ‘terms’ section to save me having to ‘Google’ them.