You Bring the Distant Near Hardcover – 1 December 2017
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"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." ―Booklist starred review
"... an unforgettable novel... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path." ―Publishers Weekly starred review
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"The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With wisdom and wit, You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors." ―Shelf Awareness starred review
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- Item Weight : 404 g
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374304904
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374304904
- Product Dimensions : 14.86 x 2.92 x 21.67 cm
- Publisher : Macmillan US (1 December 2017)
- Reading level : 12 - 16 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #253,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TITLE: YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR
AUTHOR: Mitali Perkins
PUBLISHER: Macmillan US
GENRE: YA novel
IF I COULD REVIEW IT IN A SINGLE LINE: This book is a revelation of how even though we should indeed hold on our values but still accept and adapt the new.
This book talks of an Indian Bengali family, the Das family and majorly the women of the family. There are five generations of them beautifully portrayed over the 320 pages. Ranee and her daughters Tara and Sonia travel from India to Britan to finally the US, which they decide will be their home. Over the initial standings this is hard for Ranee but she learns to leave with it. Sonia and Tara accept it as well. They are as poles apart from each other as in possible. Tara has a knack for acting while Sonia is a feminist fighting for the rights and to give voice to the mute. The girls initially have a difficult time adjusting to the indian culture in the west while their mother wants it be their own mini india, but all of them find their own middle ground. With the ebb and flow of time Tara gets married to an Indian while Sonia marries an African American. They each have daughter Anna and Chantal. The book again takes a turn on how to teach the indian as well as American culture and values to both the offsprings.
The book is filled with struggle, decisions, loss, hopes, ambitions and ultimately the most important I’d say love.
As an indian reading this book was very special to me. A lot of us hear of tales of NRI as we call them not having a hold on their culture, values, heritage, but here Mitali Perkins as one of the same speaks of the lineage that she holds so dearly to herself. What is the best part about the book is the fact that I understood every emotion as if I were feeling the same. We are a proud people, loving every aspect of our culture and giving a tad bit too much importance to our figurines. This book is a revelation of how even though we should indeed hold on our values but still accept and adapt the new.
Writing and Presentation: 5/5
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book for @thatbooknerdyouknow. This review is my own and hasn’t been influenced by anyone else.
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This book is a story five generations of Indian women from India. We first meet Ranee, her daughters Tara and Sonia. They take us on a journey of leaving India, then Britain to go to America. The Das family decides that America will be their final home. This is hard on Ranee but she learns to accept it, while Sonia and Tara learn to accept it as well. Tara longs for the life of movies and acting is her gift. While Sonia is true to the core feminist, who believes in fighting for others rights especially women. But as the girls are finding it hard to live with Indian tradition, unlike their mother who wants nothing but India to remain in their home. But then Tragedy strikes and it causes a change in the family. It leads to Sonia and Tara both meeting the men they wish to fall in love with. Tara chooses an Indian man but still remains very American while Sonia goes full American and marries an African American man. As time goes by both girls each have a daughter by the name of Anna and Chantal (their American names) and once again Tragedy happens that teaches the Das family, its good to hold both Indian and American traditions close to home, and also to love both. This book is filled with life, love, and learning decisions that all women face. I really love this book and I suggest you go buy it and read it right now. Now onto my final thoughts about the book.
I rated this book a four out of five stars. It was well worth the buy and I am so happy I did. I love how inspiring Mitali Perkins made this book be. It shares the importance of remembering where you came from while trying to discover yourself as a person. It shows you that family is the most important thing and to never give up on that. It teaches you that real love can overcome even the most painful moments. It was inspiring to hear Sonia Das talk about women rights and how important even in today's light that conversation still remains. In the case of Anna, it shows how a family can feel put out about each other but can learn that things may not always be as they appear. It shows the ups and downs that all families face when not knowing their legacies. This book to me is especially inspiring to women and it shows how as young women we need to study are ancestor females, to better understand us. I can't recommend this book enough. It is such an easy but fast pace read. I flew through this book. I suggest if you're a female, go buy this book right now. I also want to mention that I love the diversity in this book so much. You See Indian customs, along with African American Harlem, plus the rich white new york. It's not all about one way of life, its truly about America and what makes us Great. It's about the world coming together and learning to coexist as one. So worth the buy and I suggest you do.