Small Days and Nights

Norton. Jan. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781324005230. pap. $25.95. F
Doshi follows up her first novel, Pleasure Seekers, with a beautiful tale of family, love, and acceptance featuring Grace Marisola, of Italian and Indian descent. Following the death of her mother, Grace leaves her husband behind in America and returns to her mother’s home in Chennai. After tending to family affairs and revisiting childhood memories, she goes to Venice to spend time with her father. There she learns the startling news that she has an older sister, Lucia, who was born with Down syndrome and secretly institutionalized by her parents. Eager to connect with Lucia, Grace brings her to their mother’s home and takes on the challenges of being a caregiver.
VERDICT In dreamlike writing that overflows with emotion, Doshi investigates culture, caste, politics, and ethics, as Grace struggles to bring some semblance of meaning to her life. Sure to be popular with book clubs and readers who appreciate getting caught up in a work that transports them beyond borders. [See Prepub Alert. 7/15/19.]

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