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Nancy's Notes - October 20, 2011

“The Sandalwood Tree” by Elle Newmark, “Miss New India” by Bharati Mukhyie, "Silver Sparrow" by Tayari Jones.

We received three boxes of books last week. If you haven’t been in lately you may want to come in and see what’s new. We have also received the donation of several boxes of DVDs in the past month so may want to check them out also.
    We have two new books whose stories take place in India. The first story, “The Sandalwood Tree”, takes place in 1947. American anthropologist, Martin Mitchell wins a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. He travels there with his wife, Evie, and his son, ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Upon their arrival, they are forced to stay in a small village due to violence surrounding Britain’s departure from India. It is there, hidden behind a wall in their home, that Evie discovers a packet of old letters that tell a strange story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the same house in 1857. Evie then begins a mission to uncover what the letters didn’t explain. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples India.
    The second novel is “Miss New India” by Bharati Mukhyie. Anjali Bose is born into a traditional lower-middle-class family. She lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage in her future until her ambition, charm and fluency in language are noticed by her teacher. He is able to introduce her to powerful people who can help her to take charge of her destiny. She sets off To Bangalore, India, a fast-growing city and falls in with an ambitious group of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching TV shows. They use this skill to get jobs in call centers, where they quickly out-earn their parents. It is in the city that Anjali is free to reinvent herself.
    My final book this week is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. It is set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s. The novel centers around two daughters of a bigamist father. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions are shattered.
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