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No Ordinary Thursday: A Novel Kindle Edition
A family, broken by the shattering turns of a single day, will do anything to find their way back to one another.
Lena Sharma is a successful San Francisco restaurateur. An immigrant, she’s cultivated an image of conservatism and tradition in her close-knit Indian community. But when Lena’s carefully constructed world begins to crumble, her ties to her daughter, Maya, and son, Sameer—both raised in thoroughly modern California—slip further away.
Maya, divorced once, becomes engaged to a man twelve years her junior: Veer Kapoor, the son of Lena’s longtime friend. Immediately Maya feels her mother’s disgrace and the judgment of an insular society she was born into but never chose, while Lena’s cherished friendship frays. Meanwhile, Maya’s younger brother, Sameer, struggles with an addiction that reaches a devastating and very public turning point, upending his already tenuous future.
As the mother, daughter, and son are compromised by tragedy, secrets, and misconceptions, they each must determine what it will take to rebuild their bonds and salvage what’s left of their family.
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Lena’s relationships with Maya and Sameer have been strained for years. But when Maya gets engaged to a much younger man—causing a stir in their Bay Area Indian American community—on the same day Sameer’s longtime addiction leads to an accident with shattering outcomes, those fractures deepen. In a matter of hours, Lena finds her children slipping even further away and her carefully constructed world crumbling. As the three of them reel from the turns their lives have taken, they have no choice but to confront the secrets and misconceptions that have torn them apart—and they must decide whether the promise of the future is enough to overcome the past.
Family is never easy, and No Ordinary Thursday captures those complexities with unflinching honesty. This story is emotionally charged, and it deals with difficult topics. Though tragic at times, it’s just as often hopeful. I found myself so invested in Lena, Maya, and Sameer, it was impossible not to embrace them and root for them to overcome the challenges that arise—something they can only do together, as one. In them, we see the bonds of family are fragile but unbreakable.
—Chris Werner, Editor
About the Author
Anoop Judge is the author of The Rummy Club, which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, and is a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee for The Awakening of Meena Rawat. A recovering litigator, former TV presenter, and blogger, she has had essays and short stories published in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rigorous, and Scarlet Leaf Review, among others. Born and raised in New Delhi, Anoop now resides in California. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College and is the recipient of the 2021–2023 Advisory Board Award and Alumni Scholarship. She is married with two nearly grown and fully admirable children. For more information visit www.anoopjudge.com.
- ASIN : B09KLJTJJ2
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 Aug. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 3535 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542037751
- Best Sellers Rank: 692 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It should have been right up my street. I hunt down books about the immigrant experience and have a Goodreads shelf just for that topic. The book started well but soon got rather too silly for my liking.
Why do books about Indians living in the USA always focus on the rich and successful? Why is the love-interest never a poor boy from the Indian countryside with only his wits to save him instead of the Trust Fund rich boy with wealthy parents? Why does nobody live in an average house instead of spectacular apartments or mansions?
The book attempts to address a whole host of prejudices and barriers between people. Maya's mother is angry that she's got engaged to a wealthy man 12 years younger than her. Her fiance's mother is furious that Maya is a divorcee. Maya's mother is condemned for marrying a Mexican. Everybody's worried about how Maya's brother's incarceration will impact on their own reputations. It's neverending.
There's one unacknowledged but very unpleasant prejudice which I can only allocate to the author who possibly doesn't even see her own nastiness. Maya's mother Lena is repeatedly abused by the author for being fat. Her divorce must be because she 'let herself go'. Her success in business is not praised because she's fat. She's clearly a lovely and successful woman but Anoop Judge just can't resist putting the knife into Lena for her weight. It's horrible to read. And SO unnecessary.
I fully expected an attempt to squeeze Gordon Ramsey into the tale as he was mentioned so many times in the early stages of the book. I suppose we should be grateful that it didn't happen.
Once the happy couple run away to Paradise, it all gets very silly. And when you think the rifts between the characters have nowhere left to go, they all just decide to stop being nasty and get along again.
Honestly, I don't know what the author was trying to achieve.
A lot gets skipped here. Bits are told out of sequence and there's a fair bit of racism in this, though that's not intentional; I suspect the author is telling it how it is, though, which is sad but only too real. I think the only non-Asians who appeared in this are the matriarch's Mexican husband, a black fellow con of Sameer's and the 2 people who helped Maya and Veer escape from the fire. This tale is set in America, but you wouldn't really know it other than from the mention of places and wealth and big houses. It represents a very insular aspect of America, which is the same as in parts of the UK.
The tale skipped 10 years at the end, into a pretty much textbook Bollywood ending, which took away from the prior-to-then feeling of realism.