Monday, December 17, 2007

Bitter Sweets

Roopa Farooki's first novel is the story of a Bangladeshi family that spans three generations. Each member of the family is keeping a secret, and the novel follows the effects each member's deception has on the rest of the family. Some secrets are innocuous; others, earth-shattering. Some are revealed, and others are kept hidden. Either way, the reader knows all, and the omniscient point of view allows the reader to see into the mind of each character. Farooki's prose is simple yet compelling, and I found myself eagerly turning the pages as the scandals snowballed. It's a juicy, satisfying read.


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