About the Book and Author
Meet Me in Mumbai is a novel in two acts – told eighteen years apart – gives voice to both mother (Ayesha) and daughter (Mira) after an unplanned teen pregnancy led Ayesha to place Mira up for adoption.
Our review liked that the book does not shy away from including racism and other prejudice issues causing readers to consider the diverse world we live in.
I found that the book didn’t hide from issues of racism and prejudices
As this book is in two halves, I thought I’d do this review in two parts.
Part 1: Ayesha. First off the short chapters make the book easy to read, you never find yourself willing the end of a chapter as each one is short and snappy. I genuinely felt bad for Ayesha, you can really emotionally connect with the characters and feel their emotions. As well as the main storyline there are major themes of celebration for culture. Food is a major part of this section in the book, it’s a way Ayesha is able to connect with her home and family, by associating scents and flavours with places the reader is really able to grasp the contrast between India and the USA. I also loved the idea of the baby going to a lesbian couple, I found that, as a whole, the book didn’t hide from issues of racism and prejudices.
Part 2: Mira: This second part of the book I found a little different. I noticed how many chapters had random time jumps. I was left quite confused and sometimes had to reread pages to make sure I was up to speed! However, the section does deal with racism and I found it applaudable, and really eye-catching. The main character, Mira, does live in an ignorant bliss but as a reader I was able to connect with her and feel her emotions myself. Overall, I found the first section easier to read but I loved the story and the emotional depth that was there.
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