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Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitlali Perkins

Title: You Bring the Distant Near
Author: Mitlali Perkins
Year Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 303
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map): USA (NJ), India

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Tara's family has just immigration to New York from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone's eyes, but she doesn't let anyone truly see her.

Her younger sister, Sonia, is falling in love with a boy her mother can't accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family.

The daughter of a Bollywood star, Anna, is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect.

Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow?

And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel.

As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.
Review: I have read both Bamboo People (5 stars), The Secret Keeper (4.5 stars), and Monsoon Summer (4 stars) and liked them both, so of course, when I saw this book getting good reviews, I pounced on it right away. What a wise choice.

I am on spring break and go back to work tomorrow and have been sick for 5 days (nothing major, but a totally annoying sore throat). This book has made the past two days go much better! I like that we get to know all the members of the family covering three generations. We hear from each of the women, how they feel about family, friends, school, culture, and identity. I liked them all! And although Perkins has given each woman her own set of strengths and weaknesses, there are common, familial, threads that bond them together.

I also liked seeing what it was like for a Bengali family to move to the US in the 1960s, raise kids in the 1970s and '80s and have grandchildren in the 2000s. This is my family's timeline as well so that was a fun connection.

I'm not sure what else to say about this book except I really liked it! It's an interesting, quick, thoughtful, and fun book.

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