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Readers with their fingers on the pulse of Canadian literary fiction already know Anita Rau Badami, whose award-winning books are bestsellers there. But not as many Americans are aware of the quiet resonance and emotional impact of her prose, which has already drawn comparisons to that of Jhumpa Lahiri, Manil Suri, and Michael Ondaatje.
In her first novel, Tamarind Woman, she explores the connection between mothers and daughters, and the histories that shape their lives. Set in the railway colonies of India, the book begins from the perspective of Kamini, a strong, independent woman who has left her native India and moved to Calgary for graduate school. Her mother, Saroja, is nicknamed "Tamarind Woman" and lives up to her name, ever ready with an acid-tongued commentary. Kamini has always had a tortured relationship with her mother; she was "never sure about Ma's feelings" for her. "Her love…was like the waves in the sea, the ebb and flow left [her] reaching out hungrily."
But what becomes apparent in the second half of Badami's book is that several factors have influenced the bitterness that has seeped into Saroja's life -- her thwarted desire to become a doctor and her loveless arranged marriage to an older man who is rarely home. Filled with poignancy, humor, and the exotic sights and smells of Indian life, Anita Rau Badami's Tamarind Woman will inspire readers of all ages to reflect on the lives of their own mothers and help them gain mutual understanding. In fact, it's a perfect Mother's Day gift for discriminating readers! (Spring 2002 Selection)