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The village bride of Beverly Hills, Kavita Daswani

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The village bride of Beverly Hills
Title
The village bride of Beverly Hills
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Kavita Daswani
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Language
eng
Review
  • Daswani’s second novel is a thoughtful romantic comedy about a young couple’s first year of marriage. Priya leaves her family in India to move to Los Angeles with her new husband, Sanjay, a man her family arranged for her to marry. Though Sanjay clearly cares for his new wife, he allows his demanding parents to boss Priya around, and when she doesn’t get pregnant, her mother-in-law tells her to find a job. Priya longs to be a journalist, but her in-laws forbid it, so instead she takes a job as a receptionist at the glossy magazine Hollywood Insider. But after she fills in for one of the assistants at an important interview and endears herself to the actor by not printing his ill-advised comments, Priya finds herself being handed the journalism job she has always coveted. And though she knows her in-laws will be angry if they ever find out, she takes it. There’s plenty of Hollywood glamour, but ultimately the heart of this winning novel lies in how Priya and Sanjay grow in their marriage. -- Kristine Huntley (BookList, 08-01-2004, p1897)
  • Fairy tale fun bursts from the confines of an arranged Indian marriage in this delectable follow-up to For Matrimonial Purposes (2003) when Priya, the youngest of four unmarried sisters, finds herself the one chosen for matrimony and life across the seas in Beverly Hills. Though she lives in the land of movie stars and happy endings, Priya's marriage is anything but. Her husband, Sanjay, remains far more devoted to his conservative parents than his bride, and they have no compunction about working Priya to the bone. When after a few months her belly remains as flat as ever, they even send her off to get a job. Luck lands her a position as a receptionist at the tabloid Hollywood Insider , and her exotic politeness wins over the red carpet community. Soon she's vaulted to the position of reporter and hobnobbing with the glitterati. The novel's charm derives in large part from grounded details about the immigrant experience. That Priya's disintegrating marriage remains more important to her than fame and fortune gives the story a fresh twist and will have readers longing to know what will happen when the divide between glamorous life and devoted wife becomes too great. Agent, Jodie Rhodes. (Aug.) Forecast: Chick lit meets Indian diaspora lit in this cutely titled hybrid, which should appeal to readers hungering for Lahiri lite or a subcontinental Jane Green. --Staff (Reviewed June 21, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 25, p42)
  • A young Indian woman moves from Bombay to Los Angeles after an arranged marriage to a man she's known for a week. Priya is prepared for the hard work she is expected to do when she moves in with her new husband, his parents, and his sister (including all the housework and meal preparation), but she doesn't anticipate the lack of appreciation and respect. Most shocking is that her in-laws demand that Priya get a job when she doesn't become pregnant. Amazingly, Priya finds the energy to perform what is demanded of her and even thrives at an entertainment magazine, where she quickly advances from receptionist to journalist. Priya is soon living a double life, keeping her modern stance at work a secret (she hides her Western work clothes at the gym). When she tires of her situation, she arrives, just shy of her first anniversary, at her family's door back in India. Daswani's (For Matrimonial Purposes ) second novel is a quick read with a likable, uncompromising main character, and the happy ending will satisfy romance fans. Recommended for all public libraries.—Karen Core, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore --Karen Core (Reviewed July 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 12, p69)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
130565
Cataloging source
DLC
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1964-
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Daswani, Kavita
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • East Indian American women
  • Women
  • Women immigrants
  • Married women
  • Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Label
The village bride of Beverly Hills, Kavita Daswani
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
493287
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780399152146
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004044584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399152146
  • (Sirsi) ADP-3154
Label
The village bride of Beverly Hills, Kavita Daswani
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
493287
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9780399152146
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004044584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399152146
  • (Sirsi) ADP-3154

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