You Bring the Distant Near

by Mitali Perkins

Hardcover, 2017





Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2017), 320 pages


From 1965 through the present, an Indian American family adjusts to life in New York City, alternately fending off and welcoming challenges to their own traditions.

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LibraryThing member sleahey
We start off meeting Sonia and Tara, two sisters of Indian parents, who are moving to New York having lived in London, Ghana, and India. Although sharing some of the same family issues, the sisters approach their integration into American culture very differently and with results that reflect their personalities. As this novel skips ahead, we are introduced to Sonia's and Tara's new families and offspring, and the cousins' relationships become interwoven with their mothers and grandmothers. With great warmth, this novel describes an extended multi-cultural family, with its tensions, losses, closeness, and resolutions.… (more)
LibraryThing member deslivres5
I absolutely adored this multi-generational historical novel (okay, I listened to the audio book narrated in part by the talented Sneha Mathan) which begins with a family's US immigration story to NYC (via Bangladesh to India to Ghana to London) in the 1970s and continues up through 2006. The experiences are told through the lives of the female characters - mother, daughters and, eventually, granddaughters. Each of the women in this family have a unique outlook, not always in line with each other, but are loving and supportive in the long run.… (more)
LibraryThing member ewyatt
This book traces several generations of the Das family as they move from India to Ghana to London to the United States. Early in the book chapters focus on Starry (Tara) and Sonia as they adjust to life in the United States. Later the book focuses on their daughters and at the heart of the story is Rani, the family matriarch. The family goes through tragedy and triumph all the while exploring what it means to hold on to heritage and to be American.… (more)
LibraryThing member bookbrig
This is SO GOOD. It's funny and sweet and sad and amazing. I loved all the characters so much and it made me cry and the ending was perfect. You should read it. (I don't even LIKE realistic fiction usually, but it's just the best.)
LibraryThing member Lisa_Francine
A story about identity, race, culture, and finding your place and your home in the world! Perkins, once again, develops characters that you care about, and you hope will succeed in our complicated world.


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320 p.; 5.85 inches


0374304904 / 9780374304904


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