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Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
The recent spate of stories about life in America from the perspective of second-generation immigrants is wonderful, and Banerjee’s contribution is a welcome one. Jasmine is a complex character, combining the type-A world of the modern financial guru with the traditional world of a woman born to a patriarchal standard. Jasmine’s interactions with the world, and even with the spirit world, are believable. The paranormal aspects of the novel are creative and fun.
Jasmine Mistry’s perfect life came to a screeching halt when she realized that her husband, whom she married against her family’s wishes, turned out to be exactly what they expected: a cheating, lying, selfish pig. One year later, Jasmine is still adrift, and when her beloved aunt calls upon her to watch her bookstore for a month while she takes a trip to India to “fix her heart,” Jasmine looks at the idyll as a chance to heal her own. There are more than books in her aunt’s bookstore, though, and soon Jasmine wonders whether the whisperings of ghosts will help heal her heart — or drive her mad. (BERKLEY, Feb., 304 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: February 2011