The Invitation: A Novelby Anne Cherian
A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants.When Vikram invites three of his college friends to his son’s graduation from MIT, they accept out of obligation and curiosity, viewing the party as a twenty-fifth reunion of sorts. Village genius Vikram, now the founder of a/p>
A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants.When Vikram invites three of his college friends to his son’s graduation from MIT, they accept out of obligation and curiosity, viewing the party as a twenty-fifth reunion of sorts. Village genius Vikram, now the founder of a lucrative computer company, is having the party against his son’s wishes. Frances and Jay regret accepting: Frances, a real estate agent, hasn't sold a house in a year; Jay’s middle management job isn't brag worthy; and their daughter is failing the eleventh grade. Lali plans to hide the fact that her once-happy marriage is crumbling because her American husband is discovering his Jewish roots. Each had left UCLA expecting to be successful and have even more successful children. At Vikram’s Newport Beach mansion, the showmanship they anticipate dissolves as each is forced to deal with his or her own problems. The follow-up to A Good Indian Wife, Anne Cherian’s novel resonates with the poignancy of real life colliding with expectations unmet.
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Meet the Author
Anne Cherian is the author of A Good Indian Wife. Born and raised in Jamshedpur, India, she now lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Anne Cherian is a very talented writer who once again weaves together a wonderful tale of the intertwining lives. "The Invitation" centers on a group of Indian college friends and their coming together for the first time in over 20 years. Each of the three couples has expectations of how their lives would turn out. Many of these expectations are based on Indian traditions and norms. The story begins with an invitation to a graduation celebration for the son of one of the friends. From this point forward, the author masterfully unveils each character, who they are, what they want, what their fears are, etc. Little by little each character is tested through a series of events leading up to the party. Throughout the book the reader grows to understand the characters and develops an opinion about each. In many ways that opinion is challenged and changes by the ending of this elegantly written story. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is due to not understanding some of the Indian terms. It would have been nice for the author to find a way to provide a definition without it talking down to Indian readers who are familiar with the terms. Fortunately, this didn't happen often enough to be bothersome. I also strongly recommend Ms. Cherian's first book, "A Good Indian Wife". Most definitely a 5 star book!!
Nice easy read, good story with a bit of Indian culture mixed in. Not for the reader who is looking for something very complex and challenging.