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Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

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Sonia Patel’s second novel (after Rani Patel in Full Effect, 2016) is another bittersweet, Hawaii-set story involving gender, class, and love. Jaya has always felt more tied to the male stars of Bollywood movies Jaya’s mother watched than to the body Jaya was born in. Rasa, meanwhile, in order to keep her family alive, has taken on her mother’s trade of prostitution. A serendipitous meeting allows Jaya and Rasa to discover a love that helps them cope with the harsh, upsetting realities of their daily lives. For instance, Jaya’s mother, refusing Jaya’s claim that he’s a man, wants him to take a traditional Indian husband. And Rasa is afraid to leave her pimp, as it might put her little siblings in harm’s way. Patel’s captivating prose and memorable characters immerse readers in a tense situation. Though the book admirably tackles a myriad of issues, it does seem to rush near the end. Readers’ hearts will ache to know more about the aftermath. A moving story of the healing powers of unconditional love.
- September 1, 2017  Visit Website

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