Sunday, September 20, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
About the Book:
Even if you love dessert, a diet of nothing but dessert (besides being unhealthy) gets overwhelming and even the sweet addict wants something else. Even when you prefer books to come with happily ever after guaranteed, sometimes one that makes you cry can be a nice contrast. My reading lately has tended toward mindless romance novels but just like after eating too many of my own desserts at Christmas I wanted some flavor other than sweet. On my last trip through NetGalley's offerings, I went looking for a book that went in another direction and came upon this gem.
One by-product of the sexual revolution has been a large increase in children born out of wedlock. While some of these children know and have relationships with both parents, plenty do not. Sophia has never met her father until the day that she and her mother Cara descend upon Jack's doorstep.
It is clear that Cara and Jack have lived different lives. She's a single mom who is devoted to her daughter. She lives in low-income apartment and has a low-income job. Jack and his wife have decided to never have children. They want to be free to do the adult things in life when they want to do them. They have a nice home and plenty of disposable income.
What would you do if someone showed up on your doorstep with a child they claimed was your spouse's, especially if the child was well past infancy? There is never any suggestion that Jack has been unfaithful to Rebecca--this was clearly something that happened before they were together. However, as Rebecca notes, if she had known Jack had a child, she would have never gotten involved with him.
The relationships between the affected adults, along with the relationship with the child would make an interesting story in almost any case, but Cara's secret (which is revealed pretty early in the story) adds another dimension, and of course there is a monkey wrench thrown into the works as well. By the end of the book I was both smiling and crying and I'm sure that was Emma Robinson's goal.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade B+
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Q&A with Krishna Sudhir, MD, PhD
Q: Nujran and the Corpse in the Quadrangle picks up where your last book, Nujran and the Monks of Meirar, left off, but it can also work as a stand-alone. Why did you decide to return to Nujran’s story and what will fans of your first novel be most excited by?
Sudhir: I felt there was more of Nujran’s story that needed to be told, and I wanted to have readers go along with him on all of his new adventures as he begins college. In this book, there’s drama in plenty with fugitives on the run, turbulence on the university campus, fresh intrigue, a new romance, a strange kidnapping, an escape from prison, and a rescue mission where things don’t quite go as planned. In short, this sequel is another fast-paced adventure that will hold readers spellbound!
Sudhir: The most unique aspect is that this book is written from an Indian-American voice, that pulls from stories of kings, queens and princes in Indian mythology to create modern fantasy fiction. There are not many YA novels that originate from Indian thinking and tradition, so I was happy to bring that to readers. Plus, it’s set on another planet in a distant galaxy, with elements of not just sci-fi and fantasy but also magical realism, making it a captivating blend of multiple young adult genres. An alternate universe, with multi-ethnic characters, many with unusual abilities, will likely attract fans of the Marvel and DC entertainment films and comic books. Plus, I hope young readers from Indian and other immigrant backgrounds who don’t see their culture widely represented in YA novels will enjoy that aspect as well.
Sudhir: We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic country, but we don’t have enough minority voices in literature. As an Indian-American writer, I bring a unique perspective to storytelling, drawing from my love of Indian mythology, the Arabian Nights and other epic literature in the diversity space. I am honored to be able to bring these to young readers of all cultures, and I hope they can not only enjoy the stories, but learn something about other cultures – or even their own – along the way.
Monday, September 07, 2020