Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book: You Bring The Distant Near
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story.
Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.
I am just a few chapters into this one and I am loving the characters of Sonia and Tara. The family is just immigrating from the UK to the US, and I am already having a hard time setting this book down. It will be interesting to read the points of view of the next generations to compare their perspectives.
Their mother stands alone by the deep end, sari-clad under the red monsoon umbrella she carries as portable shade from the West African sun. Kwasi, a Ghanaian waiter, offers her a bottle of icy cola. She refuses it. But the English mothers accept the cold drinks.
Maybe I haven’t made a cultural blunder. I start reading again. It takes a few lines but soon I’m sitting with the March sisters in their drawing room on a wintry afternoon. When I look up after two pages, I’m surprised by a row of grown-ups gazing at me.