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"The Windfall", by Diksha Basu
Something fun for December! Here's a little about THE WINDFALL, by Diksha Basu: A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu’s debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India. For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they'd settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters. Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and charm the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere. ------------------------------------------------- Hope to see you at SIP! Diane

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What we're about

This group is for people who love reading and intellectual discussion but don't take themselves too seriously :) We'll meet once a month at a restaurant or coffee shop around town (depending on where people are coming from), have some drinks, food, great conversation and discuss the book we read - or not. Mostly the book club part of this group is to get ideas for good reads from people, read something 'together' and use the book as a launchpad for conversation. I do not envision it being rigid or handing out bulleted discussion point lists. I'd love to go see movie versions of books we read and complain how bad they were. And just to meet nice, like minded people. About me: I'm 39 and have always been a voracious reader (some times in my life more than others, there were years when the books I read to my kids were the only ones I read). Here are some books I've enjoyed lately: Fiction: Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye and the Song of Solomon, Barbara Kingsolver: The Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Stephen King: 11/22/63, Alice Sebold: The Almost Moon, Kathleen Kent: The Wolves of Andover, Annie Proulx: Fine just the way it is, Mitch Albom: The 5 People you meet in Heaven...... Memoirs: Cheryl Strayed: Wild, Alice Sebold: Lucky, Mitch Albom: For one more day, J Maarten Trost: Getting Stoned with Savages, Non-Fiction: Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything, A Walk in the Woods, Nathaniel Philbrick: Heart of the of Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Marlene Zuk: Sex on six legs, Stephen Puleo: Dark Tide. I'm open to reading just about anything, maybe with the exception of romance and vampire novels.

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