* Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakarumi

Oleander Girl is a rather insipid and remarkably unlikely story of a young Indian woman, from a  conservative and protective family but with a mysterious past who comes to be engaged to the son of a rich family and then decides to go, alone, to the US to research her mother’s past. How either her family or her fiance’s would countenance such a move is not clear. To complement the far-fetched story, emotions run high:  the heroine never cries when she can weep or sob, and she likes to fling objects across the room (or herself on her bed, to, you guessed it, weep).

I must admit that the story has drawing power, but I was too busy shaking my head at the unlikely developments to be able to enjoy it.


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