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ARC Review: Fish Heads and Duck Skin by Lindsey Salatka

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Genre : Fiction, Memoir, Literary Fiction

Date of Release: July 20th, 2021

 

“Even this—questioning your life and your choices—this is incredibly brave.”

RATINGS :-
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 4.5/5

 

On the advice of a five-dollar psychic, Tina Martin, a zany, overworked mother of two, quits her high-powered job and moves her family to Shanghai. Tina yearns for this new setting to bring her the zen-like inner peace she’s always heard about on infomercials. Instead, she becomes a totally exasperated fish out of water, doing wacky things like stealing the shoes of a shifty delivery man, spraying local women with a bidet hose, and contemplating the murder of her new pet cricket.

It takes the friendship of an elderly tai chi instructor, a hot Mandarin tutor, and several mah-jongg-tile-slinging expats to bring Tina closer to a culture she doesn’t understand, the dream job she never knew existed, and the self she has always sought. Fish Heads and Duck Skin will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered who they are, why they were put here, and how they ever lived before eating pan-fried pork buns.

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ARC REVIEW: The Hungry Cow by Sandeep Kumar Rana

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Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 4/5
OVERALL RATING : 4.5/5

Genre : Fiction, Young Adult, Literary Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 yrs and up

Eleven-year-old Raju wants to be a veterinary doctor, because in every cow he sees his Gaura maan, the cow his father Gopala has reared. When he sees any cow limping/bleeding, he feels that it is Gaura maan who is hurt, so he aspires to treat them all. Alas, the good work has to begin early and at home.

When Gaura maan begins to yield less milk, Gopala maltreats her – no feed, no vaccines. Gaura maan’s condition worsens when she feeds herself from stinking garbage bins. Raju discusses her plight with his friend Qasim and decides to transport her to a cowshed. But that’s easier said than done.

Gopala doesn’t allow this transport, Qasim can’t help him being Qasim, Gaura man refuses to leave him and he himself gets cold feet realising that separation from his Gaura maan is imminent!

The story is underpinned by Sandeep Kumar Rana’s preoccupation with the themes of empathy for all and interfaith.

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Skeins by Richa Gupta| Book Review

RATINGS :-
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Writing : 4/5
OVERALL RATING :4.5 /5

Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary

“There are instances when the truth suddenly pitches at us with an undeniable impact. Our buried feelings come to the fore due to a trigger in our environment.”

What happens when the skeins of life of 16 diverse Indian women, aged 25 to 67, get entwined when they travel to Spain and Portugal in an all-women’s tour? With a galaxy of identifiable characters from modern urban India depicted with light-hearted mirth in a travel environment, the novel explores serious issues, such as the quest for an independent identity and economic independence, the violence within and without our homes, the loneliness of old age and the need for constructive channelization of youthful energy. Spanning events across a little more than a year, it depicts how self-expression and a supportive environment trigger a cataclysmic effect and stimulate the women to realize their dreams.

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