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You bring the distant near
2017
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Perkins (Bamboo People) delivers an unforgettable novel that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures. She begins in 1965 with sisters Sonia and Tara Das as they move from Ghana to London and then New York City, eager for new opportunities but very aware of the cultural expectations of their Bengali parents. The stories of Sonia's romantic and political rebellion (she's a devoted liberal and later marries a black man, sparking a rift with her mother) and Tara's acting aspirations segue into those of Chantal and Anna, their daughters, as the novel jumps ahead to 1998. It's a profound and moving story of personal growth-perhaps most dramatically in the case of Sonia and Tara's mother, Ranee, whose dourness and preoccupation with tradition give way to a broader embrace of American culture as she takes to the role of grandmother. Perkins's vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one's own path. Ages 12-up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-An immigration story spanning three generations of women is told in moving ways through multiple perspectives. Ranee considers her home to be in India, even as she moves to New York City from London with her husband and daughters. She has mixed success in imposing strict Indian traditions on her rebellious daughters, strong-willed Sonia and beautiful Tara who longs to be an actress. The story continues with her granddaughters: Sonia's daughter, easygoing and athletic Chantal, and intense Anna, who is Tara's daughter. Family relationships, particularly those among grandmother Ranee and her two granddaughters, play paramount roles as they all acclimate to American life while trying to hold on to Indian culture. The use of multiple narrators adds interest; Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, N'Jameh Camara, and Zehra Jane Naqvi take on the roles of the individual women. All read expressively and clearly with varying Indian accents, giving listeners an immersive experience. VERDICT This is a wonderful addition to audiobook collections. Recommend it to students interested in immigrant experiences, Indian culture, and being torn between parental expectations and the heady promises of a free new life.-Julie Paladino, formerly at East Chapel Hill High School, NC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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<p>A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with six starred reviews<br> A School Library Journal's Best Books of 2017<br> A New York City Public Library's Notable 50 Best Books for Teens<br> 2018 South Asia Book Award Winner<br> 2018 White Ravens Award Winner<br> A Louisiana Readers' Choice Award Nominee</p> <p>This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.</p> <p>From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.</p> <p>Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.</p>
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