FICTION

Grown-Up Pose

Berkley. Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780451490964. pap. $16. F
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Anu Desai married her first boyfriend, Neil, when they were in their early 20s. A decade later, their marriage has collapsed, and Anu and Neil separate. It’s a decision that their traditional Indian families find difficult to accept. After the separation, Anu struggles to figure out who she is besides wife and mother, and a chance encounter at a yoga studio takes her in an unexpected and potentially fulfilling new direction. But catching up on the flirting and dating that she missed in her 20s isn’t what she expected, especially when her rebound relationship ends in a humiliating manner, and her path forward is increasingly unclear. Anu’s choices confound her parents, and despite the efforts of her two best friends, her attempts at living a carefree life fall flat. A family emergency forces Anu and Neil to cooperate, and she begins to question what she is looking for in a relationship and in life. Lalli (The Matchmaker’s List) blends humor and empathy in this thoughtful story of personal growth featuring relatable characters struggling with the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood.
VERDICT Fans of relationship fiction will particularly enjoy the strong ties Anu has with her friends and family.

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