A Good Indian Wife: A Novel

A Good Indian Wife: A Novel

by Anne Cherian


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ISBN-13: 9780393335293
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/08/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 632,131
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Anne Cherian is the author of A Good Indian Wife and The Invitation. Born and raised in Jamshedpur, India, she now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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A Good Indian Wife: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
FloridaGirlJB More than 1 year ago
I found the story well paced and so absorbing I read it straight through over a weekend. The characters were believable most of the time (the doctor's mistress was a bit over the top). I was able to keep up with the protagonists's way of thinking. What I enjoyed as much as the plot was the look inside a culture that I would otherwise have no way of experiencing and knowing. It removed some of my biases, but may have inadvertently reinforced others. The author did an excellent job with this book. It was a pleasant surprise to discover it just by browsing in the bookstore.
marie_ambrosia More than 1 year ago
This book was a very intriguing read. It took 10-20 pages to get into the story, but once I did, I did not want to put the book down. I could have finished the night before, but I held off wanting to save the ending for when I could enjoy it. And I didn't want the story to end. Also good for people who like reading about different cultures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. I have Indian friends who have had arranged marriages. It was an interesting insight into Indian culture. Good character developement.
mp1mp1 More than 1 year ago
This book was on my wish list for months and past it over a few times....why, why, why??? This is a beautiful story, well written and I could not let go of it. It is romantic and lovely. This is the kind of story that everyone should read.
Page54 More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating book, well written and easy to read. I hope to see a sequel with Leila and Neel, but anything by this author will do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leila is the woman every woman would want to be. Passionate loving and true to herself - not without the realistic emotions. Loved this book and I hope that the author will bring Leila to life agan in a sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although I felt that a few more things needed to be said
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of Indian Americans and the delicate balance they must find between old and new ways. This was a well-placed story with good tension throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read. I love to see a girl realize that she can take care of herself
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian is a fictional book about an "accidental" arranged marriage. Suneel (Neel, as he's known in America) is an American doctor, who has shunned his Indian roots since coming to the states for school.  He's been having a mainly sexual relationship with a blonde, all-American secretary at the hospital where he works. When his grandfather's sickness propels him to India to visit, Neel is kind of tricked into accepting a wife. He tries to get out of it, in many ways, but seems to be stuck and has to bring his new wife back with him to America. Neel's a jerk, cheating on Leila (the new wife) and treating her badly. Will he change his ways and appreciate his Indian wife?  Or is the relationship going to crash and burn? This isn't a love story.  Even though there's an arranged marriage, it's more about relationships, friendships, adapting to new situations, and being true to yourself. A Good Indian Wife was a quick read for me, because of the interesting storyline and because of the culture exploration.  I'm a sucker for books set in other cultures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. So well written that it grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. It gives outsiders an inside look at Indian families and an arranged marriage and cultueal differences. So good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample leads you into thinking it will get better, but it really doesnt. The pace and descriptions are the same throughout the book. You wont get too much and will definately be disappointed with the ending. Dont waste your money. If you really want to read, i will lend/share it. First, it was a story that kept you wanting to read more. Although, there were times i skipped parts that didnt seem too interesting, especially the times when the charcters would go back to their past. Second, some characters and events that took place got lost. It leaves a lot of questions. What happened to her friend, rekha? Her job, her stories, her sisters marriage? Their marriage still needed some more romance and such. It seemed to formal and just hit the surface. Last, i felt the end was abrupt and unfinshed. It seemed the author might have gotten tired and bored of the story and didnt want to go on further. I thought since it was given four stars that it would be a great read. I have read so much better, the sultans harem, the twentieth wife, the red tent, which have so much more deep insights and descriptions. If you want to get a glimpse of some of the culture and traditions of India and the struggles some foriegners face when living in another country, then this book might give you just that. However, i felt this book left more to desire. It lacked in a few places.Its not worth the one nighter, and it could easily have been a short story than a novel.
RIshma More than 1 year ago
Great book loved it!!
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Erin Farley More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome!
Laineys_Daughter More than 1 year ago
Don't know if I have words to describe this book more than to say I loved it and will surely read it again and again and highly recommend it to others happily. The author is truly talented in introducing us to and almost making Leila and Suneel a part of our very own family. How intriguing to read about the difference in cultures and personalities only to discover that it really is only just a difference in location because the characters we all know and love are alive and thriving in this book. In some little ways we have all been Leila, Suneel, poor ridiculous/dangerous Caroline and bits of so many other characters in the book. It's really a book about women, love and finding onces place in the world isn't a location but the place in our own hearts. Must read. Absolutly loved this book.
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