Acquired via BookCrossing 12 Feb 2009 – RABCK from Birmingham-Rose

After joining two failed bookrings for what turns out to be a smallish book and a quick read, I was very glad to finally get to this one!  And it was very good too – phew!

Priya is back from America to see her complex family in Hyderabad, hoping she can pluck up the courage to tell them about her plans to marry her American boyfriend.  It’s mango pickling season and the extended family gathers at the grandparents’ house, giving ample opportunity for complicated fights and huffs, and big scenes.  While Priya fights against her Mum’s plans for a bride-viewing, her aunt prepares for her 65th viewing and her aunt-in-law faces another pregnancy to try to produce a male heir.  When Priya makes her statement, the other women in the house are driven to make theirs.  Supported overtly by her brother and covertly by her Dad, she tries to pick her way through family minefield after family minefield.  An excellent read with some genuine surprises – and good recipes.

This will go to resuscitate BookManiac70’s bookring, so contact her if you’d like to join it!