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Imaginary Men
     

Imaginary Men

3.8 11
by Anjali Banerjee
 

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Lina Ray has a knack for pairing up perfect couples as a professional matchmaker in San Francisco, but her well-meaning, highly traditional Indian family wants her to get married. When her Auntie Kiki introduces Lina to the bachelor from hell at her sister's wedding in India, Lina panics and blurts out

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Imaginary Men 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good book to take on a trip or want a fun book that will keep you interested , this is a good one! I really enjoyed this book and could relate to what the main character was going through!
harstan More than 1 year ago
San Franciscan professional matchmaker Lina Ray travels to Kolkata, India to attend her younger sister¿s wedding. At the gala her matchmaking Auntie Kiki tries to arrange a match with Nikhil Ghoge, an Indian version of Pee Wee Herman. Desperate Lina makes up a fiancé living in America. She flees the gala only to run into Raja Prasad. They talk, but she concludes he is old line chauvinistic Indian so she wants nothing to do with him though he gives her a star galaxy granite stone as a reminder of their brief connection.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The next day Niki takes her niece to meet horoscope reader Pandit Parsus who says the fiancé seems unreal and that Niki needs to go to California to see if he is worthy of joining their family. As Lina¿s lies multiply, Raja hires her to find a spouse for his brother while he makes the case that they are right for another. Lina sees the ¿silvery threads¿ that she knows means they are right for each other, but first she must overcome the death over two years ago of her fiancé Nathu and her scorn of her Bengali heritage.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, IMAGINARY MEN is a refreshing chick lit tale starring a wonderful second generation American struggling between her India heritage and her San Francisco lifestyle. Lina and her family members provide insight into the Brachmo Samaj Hinduism within the humorous family drama. Learning first hand how a simple fib can gain a goliath life of its own, Lina is a fabulous lead character who anchors IMAGINARY MEN as she compounds her lie in comedic ways. Fans will want sequels from author Anjali Banjerjee.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't like this book at all. It's very poorly written, it's choppy and random. Also, the story didn't make any sense. It's a waste of money and waste of time I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was cute at times but it was a big cliche throughout most of the book. The author writes such sentences to describe others as: asian buying bokchoi and bamboo plants, indian men looking for arranged marriage, all men leave, gay mothers wearing a t-shirt to their wedding 'proud parent of gay', americanized indians use the word f-word to their parents. It was such a condscending observations. There were parts that were show-offish: Raja pulls up in a lexus, and takes her to the best restaurant in town (he's visiting the US so did he rent the lexus?!!!). I read about the Anjali Banjaree's biography, it is sooo interesting. Banjaree's father is bengali indian, and her mother is part british/part indian. Then her family adopted a Native Indian girl (Cree indian). Then her parents got divorced and his dad married an italian woman so she has half-italian and half indian siblings. That is so interesting why doesnt she write about her experiences, that actually would be more exciting to read that this book. I will try to read Invisible lives by Banjaree to see if it is better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book. The characters were believable and likable, flaws ad all. Tthe author didn't try to gloss over or romanticise the chaos and poverty but made it a natural thing in contrast to American opulance. The story was entertaining.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a bit of Indian Chick Lit and this one was just plain not very good. The story was a bit foolish with the main character being a matchmaker and she met her love interest so early in the story we were not even invested in her. There are much better ones out there.