The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters
Balli Kaur Jaswal
On Sale: April 30, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her
acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty
family dramaâ€”an Indian This Is Where I Leave
Youâ€”about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a
pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.
The British-born Punjabi Shergill sistersâ€”Rajni, Jezmeen,
and Shirniaâ€”were never close and barely got along growing
up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni,
a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a
thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may
never come. Shirina, the peacemaking â€śgoodâ€ť sister married
into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.
On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her
daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden
Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a
trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to
return. But sheâ€™s always been a dutiful daughter, and
cannot, even now, refuse her motherâ€™s request. Jezmeen has
just been publicly fired from her television job, so the
trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the
pieces of her broken career. Shirinaâ€™s in-laws are pushing
her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time
away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to
bravely stand up for herself for the first time.
Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected
discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their
livesâ€”and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took
with their Mother long agoâ€”a momentous journey that resulted
in Mum never being able to return to India again.
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is
a female take on the Indian travel narrative. â€śI was curious
about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken
by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a
male-dominated society,â€ť Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. â€śI also
wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and
modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how
those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who
are the first generation to be raised outside of India.â€ť
Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully
atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill
Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that
illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage
that tether us despite our differences. Funny and
heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important
things we must treasure in our lives.
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