I Wish We Weren’t Related

Berkley. Jul. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593335062. pap. $17. F
Sanghani’s latest novel (following 30 Things I Love About Myself) is a fun and dramatic adventure filled with poignant truths about complicated families and moving on from a painful past. Reeva Mehta’s mother is a famous singer/actress who lives for Bollywood drama, on and off the screen. When she calls Reeva to tell her that Reeva’s father has died, Reeva, after 30 years of her believing he was already dead, is more confused than surprised. The real drama is that her father’s will stipulates that Reeva and her two estranged sisters perform two weeks of traditional Hindu prayers in order to get their inheritance. Frazzled London lawyer Reeva is forced to drop everything in her busy life, where she is desperately trying to move on from the pain her family has caused her, to find out who her father was, while trying not to slip back into toxic situations. But it only takes a few days of cohabiting for the sisters to realize how much they’ve been hiding from one another.
VERDICT Readers will enjoy the relatable characters, the snappy one-liners, and the wise and hip auntie who transcends the page and reminds readers to be kind to themselves.
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