Bombay Talkie

Bombay Talkie

by Ameena Meer, Ira Silverberg

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist Meer's first novel is as gaudy and melodramatic as the movies she evokes in her title. American-born Sabah's parents convince her to visit India, and she is thrust into the unravelling lives of an American-born friend, now married to an Indian and that of her famous movie star uncle and his family. The story is woven from the characters' inner monologues and a narrative that describes the seamiest excesses of wealth, poverty, sexism, racial consciousness, deception and hypocrisy with the pace and detachment of a journalist. The scandals of homosexuality and infidelity seem tired as plot motivators, the characters more like archetypes than the self-involved yet complex people they might be. But a wife-burning and the tragedy of Sabah's lovelorn gay cousin are shocking--the senseless loss, so emotionally portrayed, will leave readers tearful, angry and, like Sabah, a bit relieved to be back in America after all. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This paperback original takes a wry look at two families, two generations, and two cultures. At the center of the story is Sabah, a second-generation American seeking to understand her heritage. After graduating from college, she journeys to India and is soon caught up in cultural contradictions; traditional customs and modern discos create an unsettling milieu. Two tragic deaths reveal the extremes of traditional and modern cultures, as Sabah seeks a balance in multicultural identity. Interspersed with Sabah's story are chapters focusing on her parents and the family of her Indian film star uncle. This first novel has the effect of an intricate mosaic-splashes of color finally fit into a coherent whole. Recommended for public libraries.-Jan Blodgett, St. Mary's Cty. Records Ctr. & Archives, Leonardtown, Md.

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