On Sale: June 1, 2007
Add to Wish List
Multicultural Asian | Women's Fiction
Tehmina Sethna's beloved husband has died this past year
and she is visiting her son, Sorab, in his suburban Ohio
home. Now Tehmina is being asked to choose between her old,
familiar life in India and a new one in Ohio with her son,
his American wife, and their child. She must decide whether
to leave the comforting landscape of her native India for
the strange rituals of life in a new country.
is a journey Tehmina, a middle-aged Parsi woman, must travel
The Parsis were let into India almost a
millennium ago because of their promise to "sweeten" and
enrich the lives of the people in their adopted country.
This is an ancient promise that Tehmina takes seriously. And
so, while faced with the larger choice of whether to stay in
America or not, Tehmina is also confronted with another,
more urgent choice: whether to live in America as a stranger
or as a citizen. Citizenship implies connection,
participation, and involvement. Soon destiny beckons in the
form of two young, troubled children next door. It is the
plight of these two boys that forces Tehmina to choose. She
will either straddle two worlds forever and live in a
no-man's land or jump into the fullness of her new life in
If Today Be Sweet is a novel that
celebrates family and community. It is an honest but
affectionate look at contemporary America—the sterility of
its suburban life, the tinsel of its celebrity culture, but
also the generosity of its people and their thirst for
connection and communication. Eloquently written, evocative,
and unforgettable, If Today Be Sweet is a poignant
look at issues of immigration, identity, family life, and
hope. It is a novel that shows how cultures can collide and
become better for it.
No comments posted.
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!