The Gopals are like most American families. Ravi and Kalpana Gopal and their daughter Lavanya live in Hackensack, New Jersey, a short drive from the Big Apple. They have a four-bedroom house, two cars, and most importantly, a sense of financial security all Americans crave.
But behind the façade of stability lies a family falling apart at the seams, torn by the past and driven apart by the idealistic expectations and reality. Beaten up by their own insecurities and their inability to express themselves, the Gopals are finding that pursuing the American dream can be a nightmare, and that keeping their sanity is harder than keeping up appearances.
Meet the Gopals, who live in the House of Tinder.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is very easy to read. I liked the author's sense of location, from the crowded apartment in Edison to the streets of Mumbai. It brought some of those images alive. There were some very raw depictions, but there were some bright illustrations of conflict. Very nicely done.
I've read a lot of books about the Indian diaspora and its impact on young Indo-Americans. But Balaji's 'House of Tinder' is one of the most compelling tales I've read. It starts out like a nonfiction book, and then it grabs with you with excellent character development. His main characters, Ravi, Kalpana and Lavanya, are people I could relate to in terms of coping with identity and dealing with other groups. Balaji does a great job of mixing in other ethnic groups into the fold, something I haven't seen other Indian-American authors do. His book seems to be a criticism of the impact of immigration on families, especially those who try to keep ties to the old world. The book really captured the conflict in a lot of immigrant families without trying to force in details and explanations. There was some editing mistakes and grammatical errors, but the content made up for that. I read the book in a day!