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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429921602192 Pages, Ages 12-18
West meets East
Although Maya has done her best to avoid it, she is spending part of her summer in Chennai, India, with her mother, who is trying to sell her grandfather's old house. Soon Maya is drawn into a complicated friendship with eccentric Kamala Mami, who has been a housekeeper and cook for years in Maya's extended family. At the same time, Maya is thrust into an ocean of memories, all coming at her too quickly for her to understand. In particular, she is forced to examine the history of her parents' divorce -- all the more painful because she believes the trouble began with the choosing of her name. For years the tension has simmered in a cauldron of anxiety, secrets, and misunderstandings. It is only with the help of Kamala Mami and Maya's cousin Sumati that Maya is able to see what happened to her parents.
In this compelling first novel, a young Indian American girl finally learns that she can choose which memories to keep and which to let go.
IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, NJ Garden State Children's Book Award ML, New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award
The day after Mom and I arrive in India from New Jersey, I watch the number 45B bus screech down the road. It clatters to a halt outside my grandfather's old house that we have come here to sell. Passengers...