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The Candid Life of Meena Dave Kindle Edition
A woman embarks on an unexpected journey into her past in an engrossing novel about identity, family secrets, and rediscovering the need to belong.
Meena Dave is a photojournalist and a nomad. She has no family, no permanent address, and no long-term attachments, preferring to observe the world at a distance through the lens of her camera. But Meena’s solitary life is turned upside down when she unexpectedly inherits an apartment in a Victorian brownstone in historic Back Bay, Boston.
Though Meena’s impulse is to sell it and keep moving, she decides to use her journalistic instinct to follow the story that landed her in the home of a stranger. It’s a mystery that comes with a series of hidden clues, a trio of meddling Indian aunties, and a handsome next-door neighbor. For Meena it’s a chance for newfound friendships, community, and culture she never thought possible. And a window into her past she never expected.
Now as everything unknown to Meena comes into focus, she must reconcile who she wants to be with who she really is.
“A thoroughly entertaining rendition of one woman’s search for belonging.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Full of lively characters who will win readers’ hearts and keep them thinking long after the book is finished, this book is a genuine, charming debut. Long-buried secrets and a journey of self-discovery will keep the pages turning.” —Booklist
“Namrata Patel’s debut is a delightful exploration of identity, community, and growth. I was drawn into Meena Dave’s captivating journey from the first pages and was rooting for her until the end. This poignant and witty story is perfect for book clubs!” —Saumya Dave, author of Well-Behaved Indian Women
From the Publisher
Journalistic curiosity piqued, Meena decides to follow the story that landed her in a stranger’s apartment. It’s a mystery that comes with nosy aunties, a strikingly handsome neighbor, and a connection to her past that shocks her. Meena might have a chance to truly understand where she comes from. As she unravels not only the clues of her apartment but also her origins, Meena learns how to make the perfect chai, embrace friendships she never saw coming, and confront her own need to run as soon as the going gets good.
The Candid Life of Meena Dave stole my heart. Namrata Patel brings a much-needed voice into women’s fiction with culture, friendship, families lost and found, and a second chance at finding home.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B09K7J47Y8
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 4416 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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International photojournalist Meena has no family. She knows she was adopted but her adopted parents were killed when she was 16. She has no fixed abode and no commitments. She rolls around the world like human tumbleweed. The gift of the apartment in the so-called 'Engineers house' is one she wasn't looking for and doesn't think she wants. Suddenly from being entirely free and easy, she's got a cute neighbour with a dog and a bunch of Indian 'aunties' all wanting to interfere in her life. And then there are the mysterious notes from Neha, the woman who left her the legacy, who is trying to guide her to long forgotten answers.
It's a pleasant if none too taxing read. Nobody will be too surprised by what happens and the plot of an independent person realising it might be time to slow down will not be unfamiliar. I liked it but I will probably have forgotten it a week from now.
When Meena Davis inherits an old property in Boston, her life suddenly has roots. Previously untethered by family, career, or personal responsibility, she suddenly finds herself examining life from a different perspective, and with that comes a desire to understand what defines her as a person…
This is another book where the main character’s life is changed by a property inheritance and, to be honest, that’s a plot device that I’m getting a little tired of. That said, this is a solid debut novel. It’s an easy, undemanding read, but I liked Meena’s character, and felt her search for self-identity was well, if somewhat sentimentally, portrayed.
Overall: Easy-reading, but its use of predictable plot devices in an attempt to elicit an emotive response didn’t quite work for me.
For me, the story line was predictable, with an ending that left me feeling unfulfilled! In some ways I salute Namrata for the ending, for not following the norm.
At times I just wanted to accelerate the story pace.
Despite having said the above - I read it to the end and recommend it!