Mother Land by Leah Franqui

Mother Land by Leah Franqui

Leah Franqui’s Mother Land isn’t quite as interesting as her first novel (America for Beginners), but in its messy, wonderfully insular sense of family, culture and the notion of rebelling against both, it’s quite the unique gem. Rachel Meyer, recently moved to Mumbai with her new husband Dhruv, is experiencing severe culture shock.  She doesn’t…

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city’s wealthiest women. It’s a far cry from life in the rural Indian village…

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