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“Anne Cherian appears to be channeling Jane Austen in her wonderful novel A Good Indian Wife. Set in contemporary America and India, the book celebrates. 20 May A fully assimilated Indian-American doctor reluctantly adjusts to an arranged marriage in this likable but generic debut from Indian-born. 13 Jan I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t.

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I was also delighted to read about aspects of life in India and the Indian immigrant experience, both of which were depicted so well having been to India myself and engaged to marry an Indian man. While Neel is see-sawing between the two women in his life, Leila eventually wises up to the fact chrrian he is seeing another woman, which is confirmed twice over, once when she sees them together, and again when she receives a confessional phone call from Caroline. Feb 07, Erin Kinsella rated it really liked it.

Neel has zero respect for Caroline or Leila, and frankly, probably most of his friends as well.

So when he agrees to return to India to visit his ailing grand-father, he is sure he’ll be able to resist his family’s pleas that he marry a “good” Indian girl. Sorry to go on so much, but I did like this book and I really wanted it to succeed into the areas that would have made it a great book.

But his eyes had been open too long in the West and by the time he adjusted his vision to India, it was too late.

The power and wisdom of the Indian traditions, combined with the promise of plowing fertile virgin fieldsovercome the douchebag’s resistance and bring out his devoted, loving side. I wish I could destroy this book from it’s existence. Quotes from A Good Indian Wife. Though within the setting of The book narrates the differences between Leila and Neel and if they manage to make the marriage s.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I loved her wit and the ease with which she related to others. It was the classic immigrant goox.

A Good Indian Wife

I finished the book for Leila and no-one else. Her situation demands sympathy, and her reactions and behavior are credible. To view it, click here. From an American point of view, she gold be seen as naive, but it’s very clear that she’s trying to find a balance between finding a life that works for herself and honoring her culture and family.


Aug 12, Shanese rated it really liked it. Throughout the narrative, we learn that Neel has a bit of a fetish for white women, and that he had heavily pursued a white woman in his university years, who indjan chose her white, well-bred family over him. I am a millennial – modern and educated.

The plot kicks off when Neel goes home to visit his sick grandfather and is subsequently bullied by his entire family into an arranged marriage. Only Wheat Not White. Leila is a thirty-year-old teacher in Neel’s family’s village who has watched too many prospective husbands come and go to think her newest suitor will be any different. Call me whatever you want but I was full of admiration for her when she was in godo frenzy to either kill him or leave him, filled with rage at the mockery he was making out of her, her life and their marriage.

This one was yb page turner, I couldn’t put it down. This book is a boring masala of tropes and traditions: I just had to see if Leila would ever confront Neel about his infidelity and poor treatment, or if Neel would realize how dishonorable he was being, not just to himself, but also to the two ladies in his life and to his family. Does he honestly think Oona or Shanti aren’t ever going to bring it up with Leila ever?

His repeated lies to this woman whom he did not want to marry but who did her best to be a good wife were reprehensible. Make of that what you will, dear readers. When they arrive home he leaves his new bride in his apartment alone while he goes to see Caroline with the full intention of continuing a sexual relationship with goox.

Five stars for this book. This is another book where I wish we had half stars because it is a solid 3. View all 3 comments.

wlfe I also didn’t understand why the book was set in the s instead of the present. But then she realized that she couldn’t go back to India for obvious reasons so many years later, divorce is still a stigma that makes my family shudder. Other Book Industry Professional. Cherian does an excellent job here of evoking the strangeness of India for the Westernized reader, as well as the strangeness of America to a mostly-isolated young Indian woman.


I would like to have a bit more on the conflict raging inside of Neel that made him in the end choose what he chose, particularly in regards to his wife.

Review: A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian | Shelfishly Addicted – A Book Review Blog

She eventually goes on to surprise both Neel and herself cherixn taking things in stride. We also learn that tall blonde American women either come from money or are money grubbing, and either way they likely come from racist families who cannot bear to see a white woman married to someone of Indian descent.

Want to Read saving…. A good part of the story is told from the perspective of the anesthesiologist, dife doesn’t see himself as a bad person, but bad people never see themselves that way.

Book review: Anne Cherian’s *A Good Indian Wife*

Mar 18, G. The book read as if the novelist had not decided where she wanted to the book to reside, or maybe she new but her editors thought otherwise to market it, and tried to write both a light romance novel and a literary novel in one, except it didn’t really work.

It will take the American reader to a different place, and perhaps illustrate the Complexity of another culture another way of life. Which is in short a page puppet freak show led by master manipulator Neel and a Leila whose brain did not achieve it’s growth, right after age 8. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and visits India regularly.

I’m twenty two years old so I have no idea what it was like in the eighties. We see lovely Leila still living iindian her parents at the age of 30 and teaching English in a local school in India. Norton Company first published I decided to pick up this book for something fun to read while at the beach last week. Perhaps her dreams will come true after all!

Caroline is most predictable, deluding herself into thinking she will triumph over this unwanted bride. And I can’t believe Neel lied like that.