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Miss New India

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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Come join us in February as we read Bharati Mukherjee "Miss New India".

Miss New India

Anjali Bose is “Miss New India.” Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali’s prospects don’t look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

So she sets off to Bangalore, India’s fastest-growing major metropolis, and quickly falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs as service agents at call centers, where they are quickly able to out-earn their parents. And it is in this high-tech city that Anjali—suddenly free from the traditional confines of class, caste, gender, and more—is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of modernity does not come without a dark side.

About the Author -

Winner of a National Book Critic’s Circle Award, BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of eight novels, two story collections, and the coauthor of two books of nonfiction. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 17, 2011)
  • This novel is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and Kindle / Nook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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  • linda s.

    It was not as good as some of the other excellent books we have read.

    February 25, 2013

  • Sana R.

    So sorry, I'm down with the flu and running a fever (therefore still contagious). I'll be at the next meeting. Sana

    February 23, 2013

  • Kris

    Sorry Jamie, just realized I have to help prepare an Oscar party on Sunday. If others are having this challenge I wonder if we could reschedule? I think the book is really strong and would love to have been able to discuss with group!

    February 22, 2013

  • Mansi

    Sorry, wish I could come but a colleague from out of town wants to work on Sunday :(

    February 21, 2013

  • Patty H.

    Unfortunately, I will be in India, then. But I hope you all have fun! I read this book last year and really enjoyed it.

    January 28, 2013

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