Search Results: "Meera Nair"


BOOK REVIEW

VIDEO by Meera Nair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2002

"Comparable to Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer-winner, Interpreter of Maladies, and very probably the beginning of a fine career."
A strong sense of character and place, and an impressive variety of themes and tones, distinguish this striking debut collection by a talented Indian-born American writer. Read full book review >

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THE LILAC HOUSE by Anita Nair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2012

"Nair's story may appeal to readers who enjoy novels set in India, but most will want to pass on this overwritten tale.
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Nair's latest novel (Ladies Coupé, 2004, etc.), set in India, traces the intersection of the lives of two individuals undergoing devastating personal tragedies. Read full book review >

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THE BETTER MAN by Anita Nair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nair's prose can tend to the purple; her strength lies in gentle, keenly observed comedy rather than tearful melodrama. Overall, a warmly affecting novel whose depiction of small-town life strikes a universal chord."
A tone of wistful melancholy and incidents both droll and poignant characterize this first novel of Indian village life, a story reminiscent of the works of R.K. Narayan. Read full book review >

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THE VULCAN PRECEPT by Guy Nair
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Despite some murkiness, a thought-provoking action thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats."
Jenny Peters, rookie CIA agent, is ready for her first mission—or is she? Read full book review >

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THE MURDER OF A QUEEN BEE  by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"The second from Lester (A Beeline To Murder, 2016) is long on romance, sweet tips, and honey recipes. There's a thin little mystery, too."
A beekeeper gets a second chance at love and solving a murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Promising prescriptions to five of India's baneful environmental cases—right thinking and accusatory in all the right places."
Journalist Subramanian examines a handful of environmental woes besetting India, along with hopeful remedies. Read full book review >

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ANITA AND ME by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Far from just another coming-of-age saga, Syal's impressive debut offers a charming yet troubling evocation of recent times."
Nine-year-old Meena Kumar's cheeky narrative of her life as the only Punjabi girl in a small English village unfolds through wonderfully evocative description. Read full book review >

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A BEELINE TO MURDER by Meera Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A series debut with plenty of tips and recipes and a modest mystery that takes a back seat to the details of the heroine's private life."
A former police officer can't turn down a chance to investigate a murder. Read full book review >

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LIFE ISN’T ALL HA HA HEE HEE by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though the people drive the plot, it is Syal's exploration of traditional gender roles—and the difficulty of escaping them without rejecting one's heritage—that provides the center of this fine, well-crafted tale."
Second-novelist Syal (Anita and Me, 1997) offers another foray into the world of British-born Indians, this time a trio of women attempting to break the oppressive bonds of their culture. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MOTHERS by Meera Syal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Somewhat overpopulated with characters and issues, but ultimately this hefty novel is a well-paced, enjoyable read."
A woman longing for a child jumps headlong into the dramatic world of international surrogacy in Syal's third novel (Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, 2000, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by Kamala Nair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2011

"An Indian-American variation on a stock tearjerker plot, saved by the author's eye for detail."
A preteen girl stumbles across a host of dark family secrets on a visit to her parents' native India. Read full book review >