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TLC Review: The Taste of Ginger by Mansi Shah

Title: The Taste of Ginger
Author: Mansi Shah
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction 
Pages: 317 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2021 Google Reading map)USA (IL) and India

SummaryIn Mansi Shah’s stunning debut novel, a family tragedy beckons a first-generation immigrant to the city of her birth, where she grapples with her family’s past in search of where she truly belongs.

After her parents moved her and her brother to America, Preeti Desai never meant to tear her family apart. All she did was fall in love with a white Christian carnivore instead of a conventional Indian boy. Years later, with her parents not speaking to her and her controversial relationship in tatters, all Preeti has left is her career at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm.

But when Preeti receives word of a terrible accident in the city where she was born, she returns to India, where she’ll have to face her estranged parents…and the complicated past they left behind. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of her heritage, Preeti catches a startling glimpse of her family’s battles with class, tradition, and sacrifice. Torn between two beautifully flawed cultures, Preeti must now untangle what home truly means to her.

Review: This is my kind of book and here's why:
  • Family drama and relationships. Preeti and her brother have a wonderful relationship, which helps the reader learn more about the situations.
  • Set outside the US with a look into a culture that is different from my own
  • A story of a woman who is finding herself and how she fits into her two worlds. I really liked this part as Preeti talks about race in the US, being too Indian in America, but not Indian enough in India.
  • Characters that I like
  • A moral dilemma
  • A little romance (or the potential for romance) that isn't the focus, but is a nice theme
  • Fast and fun to read
  • A good ending that isn't all roses, but is hopeful
Challenges for which these count: 
  • Diversity--South Asian characters and author
  • Literary Escapes--India

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