This book focuses on a few Indian Americans in a community outside Cleveland. Harit, whose loneliness is palpable, is a 40-something virgin who occasionally dresses up like his deceased sister in order to fool his elderly mother into thinking she’s still alive. Ranjana (who I loved) is a woman in hers 40s who has a secret: she writes paranormal romance novels. These two, along with a few other characters (including Ranjana’s college-age son), eventually meet and strike up a friendship that changes both of their lives.
The book meanders a bit more than I really thought necessary — that may have been worsened by listening to it on audio (although I loved the reader’s accents). But it’s an interesting glimpse into the lives of first generation immigrants, and how they must try to balance their families and traditions in a new country.