One of the many benefits of reading fiction is the opportunity it gives the reader to learn about previously unfamiliar cultures and to develop empathy. Mira Jacob tells a sweet story of an Indian-American family through the eyes of a first generation woman grappling with her immigrant parent’s expectations and her own uncertain goals. Jacob fills the novel with remarkably clever metaphors and similes that made her points crystal clear while simultaneously forcing me to smile repeatedly. Her story of the patriarch’s illness and its effect on his family offered a wonderfully pleasant lesson of empathy for the universal task that all families share — coping with and grieving the death of a loved one.

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