You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Near

Book - 2017
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From 1965 through the present, an Indian American family adjusts to life in New York City, alternately fending off and welcoming challenges to their own traditions.
Ranee worries that her children are losing their Indian culture. Sonia is wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair Tara seeks the limelight to hide her true self. Shanti desperately tries to make peace in the family. Anna fights to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity. As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374304904
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 16, 2018

A lovely book about race, family, and friendship. I can see why this was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. It is about a multi-generational story about a Bengali family that immigrates to America.

Lisa_Marie_C Nov 25, 2017

Perkins deftly balances humour, heart, and hope in this intelligent novel about three generations of Das women in India and America.

AL_ALYSONC Nov 15, 2017

I loved this book! We learn about three generations of the Das women and each one is a well developed character. It is about immigration, race, mothers and daughters, independence, class... This is a teen book but definitely will have crossover appeal for adults.

AL_BRIDGET Oct 12, 2017

This is SO GOOD. It's funny and sweet and sad and amazing. I loved all the characters so much and it made me cry and the ending was perfect. As soon as I finished it, I went out to buy my own copy so I could reread it over and over.


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Jan 16, 2018

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