Book: You Bring the Distant Near
Author: Mitali Perkins
Published: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Arc from Raincoast Books
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity–award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new. (Goodreads)
*This book was provided to me by Raincoast Books to review. This does not affect the content of my review.
My rating: 4 Stars
It was lovely. Definitely recommend.
I read this book in one day.
That’s right. All 320 pages, the story of five girls over three generations. In one day. I took a break to drive into town for dinner, but that was it. Other than than, I read this book straight through. It’s that good.
It’s authentic. It’s intimate. It’s funny. It’s engaging. It’s heartbreaking. It’s hopeful. It’s so many things.
You Bring the Distant Near is a lovely story of what it means to be a girl, to be an immigrant, to be a sister, to be a part of a family, and to be yourself. Mitali Perkins does a beautiful job of weaving Indian culture, Americanisms, parental dreams and second generation struggles together in this saga of the Das family as they immigrate to the United States and try to become Americans while at the same time retaining their heritage. Each of the characters is distinct, with her own identity, beliefs, desires, and voice. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.
I don’t know what else to say about this book other than go read it. It is wonderful.