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by Shobhan Bantwal

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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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)

Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg


Published: September 2009

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