THE SARI SHOP WIDOW
Bantwal is a competent writer with
a real talent for creating believable
environments for her characters. It's
a sweet coming-of-age story about a
37-year-old widow mourning the loss
of her husband. Despite moments
where the novel lags a bit, it never
falls short of pathos and familial
pride and obligation.
Anjali Kapadia is a daughter, a sister, a clothes designer, a shopkeeper ... and a widow. To quell her sadness, she throws herself into her family's
business in New Jersey's Little India. Shocked to discover that the shop, Silk and Sapphires, is in danger of closing, Anjali finds the proposed solution equally perplexing: Her father has asked her demanding uncle to journey from India to help keep the store afloat.
Nervous for the future, Anjali finds her uncle quite changed when he arrives. Further, his business acquaintance Rishi is a complex man with secrets Anjali dares not question. But after Rishi comforts her one very emotionally trying night, their relationship evolves from professional into something much more. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 301 pp., $15.00)