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Bitter sweets
Roopa Farooki
Adult Fiction FAROOKI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This rollicking debut from former London ad exec Farooki weaves "an audacious network of lies as elaborate and brazen as the golden embroidery on [a] scarlet wedding sari." Henna, an illiterate 13-year-old Calcutta shopkeeper's daughter, is passed off as the educated 17-year-old daughter of a successful businessman in order to marry her into one of the city's best families. The lie reverberates deliciously through three generations of Henna's family: Farooki's witty narrative winds its way over some 50 years, moving Henna, husband Rashid ("Ricky") and daughter Shona from Calcutta to Bangladesh, Pakistan and London, where Shona elopes and raises her twin boys above a confectioner's shop. Unflinching insights into Henna and others are well done, and allusions to literature and philosophy buoy them up. Farooki pulls off a lightly spun epic tale with effortless charm and more than enough delightful twists to keep pages turning. Even the characters' most unexpected and disastrous choices seem somehow inevitable, and one is quickly resigned to rooting for the wily woman at the center. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Farooki's delightful debut novel commences in India, where Heena Rub and her father trick the Westernized and wealthy Ricky-Rashid Karim into marrying the illiterate Heena. Heena's initial deceit begets a string of deceptions that twists through succeeding generations. Daughter Shona continues the family tradition when she and her secret Pakistani boyfriend lie in order to elope and move to London. There they build a new life with twin sons Omar and Sharif. Shona remains complicit in maintaining the deceitful tradition until the expansive conspiratorial web of dishonesty and double lives threatens her sons' future. Farooki's tale almost spins out of control but finally remains true to the classical tradition of comedy, and all ends well. Along the way, Farooki entertains with witty language and lighthearted commentary on the South Asian immigrant experience. Readers expecting more lyrical writing and harder-hitting commentary should check out the likes of Salman Rushdie, Bharati Mukherjee, Arundati Roy, or Anita Desai, but with this work Farooki joins the rapidly growing ranks of talented South Asian writers writing in English.-Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon Lib., Eugene (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Henna Rub
Daughter of a shopkeeper; father passed off at the age of 13 as the educated 17-year-old daughter of a successful businessman in oder to marry her into one of the city's best families.

Ricky-Rashid Karim
Henna's husband; discovers his wife's secret, but the path of lies was already set.

Henna and Ricky's daughter; conceived on a lie and born into a liar's house; elopes; has twin boys; lives above a sweatshop in London.

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