The Pleasure Seekers: A Novel

The Pleasure Seekers: A Novel

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by Tishani Doshi
     
 

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Meet the Patel-Joneses-Babo, Sian, Mayuri, and Bean-in their little house with orange and black gates next door to the Punjab Womens Association in Madras. Babo grew up here, but he and Sian, his cream-skinned Welsh love, met in London. Babos parents disapproved. And then they disapproved unless the couple moved back to Madras. So here they are. And as the

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Meet the Patel-Joneses-Babo, Sian, Mayuri, and Bean-in their little house with orange and black gates next door to the Punjab Womens Association in Madras. Babo grew up here, but he and Sian, his cream-skinned Welsh love, met in London. Babos parents disapproved. And then they disapproved unless the couple moved back to Madras. So here they are. And as the twentieth century creaks and croaks its way along, Babo, Sian, and the children navigate their way through the uncharted territory of a "hybrid" family: the hustle and bustle of Babos relatives; the faraway phone-line crackle of Sians; the eternal wisdom and soft bosom of Great-Grandmother Ba; the perils of first love, lost innocence, and old age; and the big question: What do you do with the space your loved ones leave behind?


Tishani Doshi, a prizewinning poet, plunges into fiction for the first time with this tender and uplifting debut. With rich feeling and dazzling language, Doshi evokes both Zadie Smith and Rohinton Mistry as she captures the quirks and calamities of one unusual clan in a story of identity, family, belonging, and all-transcending love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608192977
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/05/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
738 KB

Meet the Author

Tishani Doshi is a poet and dancer based in Madras, India. Her first collection of poetry, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in 2006. The Pleasure Seekers is her first novel.

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steven03tx More than 1 year ago
The Pleasure Seekers is a modern family saga about four generations of the Patel family of India. It begins in 1968 when Prem Kumar Patel sends his oldest son, Babo, off to study in London, only to have Babo fall madly in love with, and eventually marry, a Welsh girl named Sian whom he brings home to the strange world of Madras and the Patels' Jain religion. This is only the first of several cross-cultural encounters and bold going forths that will shape the lives of Prem Kumar and his family. Moving swiftly through the family's experiences, and through the traumatic events of India's recent history, author Tishani Doshi tells a captivating and believable story in spellbinding and sumptuous prose. Her characters are immediately engaging, and their struggles to find their own identities amidst the passion and tragedy of a complex world, are compelling and convincing. There are passages of such startling insight and poetic beauty that they are worth reading again and again. I highly recommend The Pleasure Seekers, and I hope this young author will give us more.