I am in the middle of reading Amulya Malladi's A House for Happy Mothers. The novel follows the stories of two women: one in India, carrying the baby of the other who lives in the United States. Priya desperately wants a child of her own, and Asha needs the money to better the life of her children. I have read several of Malladi's books, which focus on cultural and women's issues.
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
Rock-a-bye baby in the tree top, when the wind blows, the cradle will rock . . .
The nursery rhyme played itself in her head over and over again as she tried to fall asleep.
When the bought breaks, the cradle will fall.And down will come baby, cradle and all.
This one chance, she thought desperately. God, give me this one last chance.
Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from page 19% of A House for Happy Mothers:
She stroked her belly and then stopped; it was a futile gesture. This wasn't hers.
at 29%:What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Priya wanted to scream. How dare Farah make light of this? Priya could hardly sleep. She was so scared about her baby growing up thousands of miles away in a stranger's belly. And this woman was making a joke about it?
I had hoped to be farther along in the novel than I am right now. The two women lead such different lives, living in different countries and being from different cultures and classes. I do not imagine this book will be filled with many surprises, but I am finding it interesting and thought provoking.
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