“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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A Good Indian Wife: She eventually goes on to surprise both Neel and herself by taking things in stride. I liked Leila, the female protagonist.

It’s really interesting to see how these characters end up together and how everything falls into place. I was also delighted to read about aspects of life aa 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.

A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian

Published May 17th by W. By the time I reached the final pages, I was satisfied with the ending. I loved seeing her become more confident and independent and, finally, fighting for what was rightfully hers all along. I really wish the author had anchored the book firmly in time, but as it was it was mostly pre, but with some ambivalence as to whether the story was taking place in or or or He prefers to be called Neel, lives in a condo, has a foreign girlfriend and very few Indian friends.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I am torn between feeling rather disgusted at the ending, and begrudgingly admitting that such an ending may very well be reality for the type of situation Neel and Leila found themselves in.


Neel’s a slimy so-and-so and Caroline Caroleen, like the French is a caricature of white trash.

A Good Indian Wife

So, there you are, dear reader: Feb 24, Felicia Fulks rated it really liked it Shelves: To view it, click here. With a girlfriend and a promising career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage.

And z when things do ashe’s all happy because life is as it should be. He lies to his friends and strangers about their relationship being love at first sight, etc. This is a story revolving around the immigrant experience, yet becomes the universal story of those who have crossed boundaries and no longer fit entirely in one place.

Perhaps her dreams will come true after all! I give stars based on how much the book does what I wanted it to, how close it matches my realistic as possible expectations; not some ‘great literature’ scale of which I would know not, anywayhence the quietly happy 5.

Finally, this is a story about the existential struggle of many young people in India: Eventually, as Caroline becomes increasingly clingy and Neel comes to understand that her family would never accept him, he starts to take a closer look at the wife he already has.

If the book is meant to be considered a literary novel that examines the immigrant experience and contrasts between India of the s If this book is considered a light summer read, then I give it 4 four points for a tale of cheriqn immigrants struggling to figure out to which culture they belong, with a bit of a love-ish story thrown in.

We eife 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.

Jan 31, Heather rated it it was ok. When he initially returns to India, he does so with a superiority complex, looking at everything through his Americanized eyes.


I am a nineties kid – my indjan moulded by hours Feb 14, Rachel rated it really liked it.

On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United States was disgustingly unfair, the portrayal of Indian men in the United States was, at times, stereotypical, and the ending was reminiscent of the sad trombone that plays when someone loses on a game show — wah, wah, wahhhhhh.

Delightful AND a quick read! Jan 06, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. He is tricked into going back to India because he is told his beloved grandfather is dying.

A GOOD INDIAN WIFE by Anne Cherian | Kirkus Reviews

He was so arrogant, shallow, selfish, manipulative, and most of all, he was a cheat and a liar! And yet, he has strength in most of his choice This was such chrrian lovely story.

We see lovely Leila still living with her parents at the age of 30 and teaching English in a local school in India. With a careful reading, there are only 4 places in the whole book that place it occurring sometime between – tood On a trip to India to visit his family, he gets railroaded and tricked into an arranged marriage.

While I found the ending unsatisfactory you just want to shake Suneel for being a prick and Leila for being a dopethis book was a page turner I was up reading until 1: