“Anne Cherian appears to be channeling Jane Austen in her wonderful novel A Good Indian Wife. Set in contemporary America and India, the book celebrates. 20 May A fully assimilated Indian-American doctor reluctantly adjusts to an arranged marriage in this likable but generic debut from Indian-born. 13 Jan I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t.

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On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United States was disgustingly unfair, the bj of Indian men in the United States was, at times, stereotypical, and the ending was reminiscent of the sad trombone that plays when someone loses on a game show — wah, wah, wahhhhhh.

Feb 06, Lana Del Slay rated it did not like it. On the other hand, you have indina wonder if more modern day couples waded through the initial ups and downs of a marriage which is, really, the joining of two strangers, no matter how well you think you know the other person and took a “I idian my bed, now I have to lie in it” approach obviously barring abuse!

This is another book where I wish we had half stars because it is a solid 3. She is well past prime marrying age; her family has no money for a dowry; and then there’s the matter of an old friendship with a Muslim boy named Janni.

He has a swanky, minimalist condo, an expensive car, a plane which he shares with two other doctors, and a secretive relationship with a beautiful blonde secretary who fawns over him and fulfills all of his sexual fantasies.

A Good Indian Wife: by Anne Cherian: Story Circle Book Reviews

Suneel Sarath, a Stanford graduate and now an anesthesiologist works in San Francisco. But is it all too little, too late? But is it all too little, too late? Apr cuerian, ReGina rated it liked it Shelves: Up until the end Neel is pretty awful.

I needed something fresh to read and this definitely was an original, light read. It bh the world wrong ideas about an Indian “wife” the beginning really did have a good start made a reader find hopes by giving a blue print that this sorry existence of a woman Leila had a SPINE!!!


By the time I reached the final pages, I was satisfied with the ending. The indiian should be good—Leila turns out to be beautiful, intelligent and remarkably independent. He makes Caroline out to be a clingy stalker that he went out with a few times years ago and she just refuses to leave him alone. She has no inian goals, no life, no nothing except her so called waste of space husband who deserves a painful death from every reader of this book.

Arranged marriages are intriguing to me, and assimilation in all of its many shapes and w is equally fascinating. Jan 03, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Well, he will show them all! She is witty, well-read, kind, and beautiful, but realizes that, without a sizeable dowry, it is likely she will never marry.

Neel is not likable. And that’s a shame after learning that everything Leila knows about the courtship and physical relationship between a man and woman came from reading romance novels. I am a nineties kid – my childhood moulded by hours The author is able to write in compelling detail just what thoughts and feelings each character has!!

I wish I could destroy this book from it’s existence. Since Neel has a jellyfish spine about all of this he obviously ends up getting married to Leila and is just awful about it. So when he agrees to return to India to visit his ailing grand-father, he is sure he’ll be able to resist his family’s pleas that he marry a “good” Indian girl. Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent with this story. Wait, let me start from the beginning.

He is also an arrogant deceitful shallow asshole douchebag focused on bling and blondes. Well, he will show them all! If you’re curious about how arranged marriages work and how they affect everyone involved, then this will be an interesting read for you. The character of Caroline was a bit of a stereotype – beautiful woman desperate to “marry up” and doing all she can to hook the handsome doctor.

I decided to pick up this book for something fun to read while at the beach last week.

If it was the late eighties or early nineties, then those references would have been on in a culturally cutting edge town like San Francisco. Her situation demands sympathy, and her reactions and behavior are credible. The eighties were cuerian years long, when in the eighties? She’s pregnant and Neel wants the baby and they’re happy. It’s a part and parcel of our country, tucked away alongside the dosa, the colorful chutneys and the coconut.

However This is another book where I wish we had half stars because it is a solid 3. Recommended to Tina by: Which is in short a page puppet freak z led by master manipulator Neel and a Leila whose brain did not achieve it’s growth, right after age 8. The shy Indian college professor used her smarts to thrive in a new country and to make her own contributions god society.

A Good Indian Wife

Jul 14, Jenifer Hanen rated it liked it. Perhaps I take it more personally because I am a white woman engaged to an Indian man? I wanted her to do it. A Novel Author s: Once in India he realizes that znne was yet another trap to get him married. His new wife is past her prime for arranged marriages, is naive about anything to do with any aspect of a relationship, and her family has little extra money.