Thursday, February 23, 2017
11. The Leaving of Things by Jay Antani
2013 Bandwagon PRESS
I would consider it YA, but think it is actually considered Adult - CRF
Goodreads rating: 3.78 (1871 ratings)
My rating: 4
My comments: I actually decided to read this because I love the cover! For the last dozen years or so, I've had quite a fascination with India, so this novel at this time suited me quite well. Set in the late 1980s, it reads like a memoir. Vikram is a young man just graduated from high school who, after living for the last twelve years in Wisconsin, is forced to move back to India with his family. He doesn't want to. He has friends, a girlfriend, and college to look forward to. Back in his native land it is hard to reconcile the American teenager he has become with the oh-so-strange country of his birth. The story tells of his first year back in India, the homesickness he feels for America, as well as the enlightenment and thrill of new and incredibly different sights, sounds, smells, foods, language, customs, and lifestyle. This glimpse into modern day (well, almost modern day) India is both fascinating and interesting.
Goodreads synopsis: Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wants from his future—other than to escape his family’s life of endless moving and financial woes. But after a drunken weekend turns disastrous, Vikram’s outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India—permanently.
So begins a profound journey of self-discovery as Vikram, struggling with loneliness, culture shock, and the chaos of daily Indian life, finds his creativity awakened by a new romance and an old camera. His artistic gifts bring him closer to a place and family he barely knew. But a devastating family crisis challenges Vikram’s sense of his destiny, hurtling him toward a crossroads where he must make the fateful choice between India, the land of his soul, and America, the land of his heart