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Ladies Coupe / Edition 1
     

Ladies Coupe / Edition 1

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by Anita Nair
 

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ISBN-10: 0312320876

ISBN-13: 2900312320873

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life - always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider - until the day she gets herself a one-way ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car - the 'Ladies Coupe' - Akhila asks the five

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Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life - always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider - until the day she gets herself a one-way ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car - the 'Ladies Coupe' - Akhila asks the five women the question that has been haunting her all her adult life: can a woman stay single and be happy, or does she need a man to feel complete?

This wonderfully atmospheric, deliciously warm novel takes the reader into the heart of women's lives in contemporary India, revealing how the dilemmas that women face in their relationships with hunsbands, mothers, friends, employers and children are the same world over.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312320873
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Epigraph,
1,
2 - A Certain Age,
3,
4 - Go, Grandmother, Go,
5,
6 - Oil of Vitriol,
7,
8 - Afloat,
9,
10 - Sister to the Real,
Thing,
11 - Akhila Speaks,
Author's Note,
BY THE SAME AUTHOR,
Acknowledgements,
Author's Note,
READING GROUP GUIDE,
Notes,
Copyright Page,

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Ladies Coupe 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel. I got so interested in wanting to hear each of the ladies story that I read more than half the book the first day. I am Mexican American so I know about family, culture and society obligations too, I think all women can relate to this novel, good story, loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies Coupe tells the story of 45 year-old 'spinster' Akhila, and the 5 women she shares a train compartment with one night. While some parts of Akhila's story and one of the other women's stories were very intriguing, I dont think Nair did a good job in making the the complete story gel. For instance, in order for voice to be different, the writing must feel different, it must read different. Just adding a few chemistry words to one story does not change the voice. Even though there are 6 different stories going on, the voice never truly changes. The voice of the old woman is the same voice as the teenage girl, and usually, in real life, the same is not true. The transitions when each woman tells her story could have also been a bit smoother, and some of the stories could have been a bit less predictable, and much more believable, but I suppose that is part of the entertainment of the book. It is a a good story line. And a relatively quick read. Recipes to some of the dishes talked about in the book are also included, which I thought was a nice touch. Finally, the book really does examine to the changing condition/state of women in India.