Recommended Fiction: The Martian by Andy Weir
In Recommended Fiction, I promote physical books at either of our locations. June is a perfect month for something not super deep, so I've chosen a great popcorn, beach read.Recommended Fiction: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In Recommended Reads, I tout fiction that resides in our physical collections. May’s read is a sudsy read of Old Hollywood which resides in both collections.Recommended Fiction: The Abundance by Amit Majmudar
In Recommended fiction, I promote physical books that reside in our collections. April brings a poignant female-authored tale from our COBAA collection housed in Youngstown.Recommended Fiction: The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
In recommended fiction, I review fiction housed at one of our campuses. March brings a harrowing story of mothers and daughters housed in Steubenville. Recommended Fiction: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
In this series, I tout works of fiction that reside physically at either of our campuses. This month brings a unique look at Black History. The book is located in the Youngstown Campus and from our special COBAA book collection.
Recommended Fiction: The Abundance by Amit Majmudarby Pamela Tarajcak on 2023-03-24T13:38:40-04:00 in Library Circulation, Literary Criticisms and Reviews, Literature | 0 Comments
“They arrive after midnight on the twenty-third. Mala had called from Indianapolis at around 10 PM and said they were having dinner at a Denny’s. I told her I would put everything in the refrigerator, it wasn’t a problem. She said she was sorry, but they had left home later than they wanted, it hadn’t been in her control, the snow had been heavy since they crossed into Indiana. The weather was clear where we were, I told her. She said yes, but it was snowing where they were, and she really had tried to get home in time.” (3)
Mala and her brother Ronak hurry back home to Ohio for Christmas when learning that their mother only has a brief time left on earth. While their mother, the first person narrator, cares internally and worries about dying, she puts on a mask of indifference as she falls back into the patterns of cooking and caring for her two children. Mala hovers over her and tries to learn how to reproduce the family recipes before it is too late. But Ronak is at first too concerned about his own life to really worry about his mother, until he gets inspired to write a memoir of his mother and her cooking. Throughout the final year of the mother’s life, from Christmas to just prior to Thanksgiving, we see the family reconnecting in poignant ways that they had never done before. The generational divide falls and real bonding occurs.
This book was beautiful in its simplicity. It was refreshing to read an immigrant book that is filled with joy and not tragedy. Though the mother is dying, there is a tone of release and completion instead of mourning. The characters are finely written and the pacing is delightful.
I recommend this one for anyone who wants a refreshing read that is both poignant and beautiful.
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