The Abundance

The Abundance

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A luminous, bittersweet novel of India and the American midwest, immigrants and their first-generation children, and the power of cooking to bridge the gulfs between them. When Mala and Ronak learn that their mother has only a few months to live, they are reluctantly pulled back into the midwestern world of their Indian immigrant parents--a diaspora of prosperous doctors and engineers who have successfully managed to keep faith with the old world while claiming the prizes of the new. More successfully than their children--equally ill at ease with Holi and Christmas, bhaji and barbecue, they are mysteries to their parents and themselves. In the short time between diagnosis and deterioration, Mala sets about learning everything she can about her mother's art of Indian cooking. Perfecting the naan and the raita, the two confront their deepest divisions and failures and learn to speak as well as cook. But when Ronak hits upon the idea of selling their experience as a book and a TV documentary, India and America, immigrant and native-born are torn as never before.
Published: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805096583
0805096582
Branch Call Number: F MAJ
Characteristics: 255 p. ;,22 cm.

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dprodrig
Feb 01, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The main character really shines through. This is not so much an examination of how children reconnect with their heritage, I feel it touched more on the moments that make up a life, sacrifices that are made when you immigrate, the changes between the generations and the stresses you face when ill.

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AnneT934
Mar 27, 2015

I have a very different view than the Library Journal reviewer. This beautiful book details the last months of a woman's life, her changing relationships with her children and her husband are interwoven with a lush description of Indian immigrant culture, focusing on the food. Highly recommended.

Jane60201 Jun 25, 2013

Kind of lightweight for a serious subject.

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