Mother Land Epub Ê Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Mother Land
  • Leah Franqui
  • English
  • 17 February 2014
  • 9780062938848

10 thoughts on “Mother Land

  1. TL TL says:

    Won via goodreads giveaways all my opinions are my own Nice story but I felt meh towards it in the last 13 and was interested in Swati's story than seeing what happened with RachelLoved Swati after we get to know her but Rachel I went back and forth on Rachel had interesting periods but aside from a few parts I struggled to care about herThe writing is done well but it was just a mostly miss for me

  2. Natalie Natalie says:

    I was enchanted with this book I never put it down and I was totally involved with the story of Rachel and Swati There was nothing predictable or trite about this It is very well written and I learned so much The unusual story of a young Jewish woman moving to India with her husband is turned on its’ head when his mother moves in unexpectedly and permanently Their culture clash is inevitable but Franui has made both women so complex and sympathetic that the reader cannot make easy decisions about their future and relationship I think that book groups will have many wonderful discussions Without a doubt this is one of my favorite 2020 novels This is so different from typical beach reads but I think taking on vacation will make everyday enjoyable Thank you Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to enrich my recent vacation with this delightful novel

  3. mindful.librarian ☀️ mindful.librarian ☀️ says:

    free review copy deeper than I expected and very introspective and feminist

  4. eyes.2c eyes.2c says:

    Cross cultural and cross generational growing in unexpected waysSo you uproot yourself from family and friends and follow your love to his home country We're not talking about an American in Paris here rather an American in Mumbai Culture shock? Yes especially when your mother in law lands on your doorstep and not just for a two week visit You see having left her husband it appears Swati is determined to educate Rachel on how to be a proper Indian wife Irony anyone?When Rachel ends up with a cleaner coming freuently and a cook she definitely doesn't want things start to fall apart and yet mysteriously they also come together just not in the way either Rachel or Swati expected For Rachel cooking is important for Swati one has servants for thatRachel Meyer saw coming to Mumbai as an opportunity to have a ordered life to experience a new beginning She finds something different Her new understandings in many ways are due to her mother in law Swati has done something so unusual that it leaves everyone in shock She has left her husband Rachael is mostly out of sorts at Swati's sudden intrusion into the life she thinks she's building Rachel had been convinced that 'Dhruv would make her happy he would make her life something stable something solid' In India that strength became tradition and expectation and Rachael's life was not going forward Dhurv becomes a different person once back on home soil This realization is subtly creeps up on RachelSwati has been exceedingly brave to go against her generation's customs It takes some time for Rachael to realize this As things develop the antipathy between them lessens although not without major road blocks Cooking plays a part As Swati's later reflects They had seen each other I love that line 'I see you' is a powerful statementIn the end the multi faceted aspects of relationships knowing oneself personal development courage and regret all mingle to make a fascinating readI cheered I was saddened occasionally embarrassed if not shocked especially around Rachel's thoughts and observations about the expat society and their overt racism generally Talk about tiffin and tea or maybe it's the gin and tonic hangovers of the previous century I loved it when Rachel begins to view India through the prism of her acuaintance Richard whose embraced India This too is a growing moment for herA wonderful readA HarperCollins ARC via NetGalley

  5. Sherri Silvera Sherri Silvera says:

    Motherland Leah Franui's second novel had a very interesting premise It was right in my wheelhouse I was hoping to love it I liked it but didn't love itFranui's Mumbai was beautifully descriptive I really was able to get a feel for the variety of life in that city Unfortunately I never really connected with either of the main protagonists Additionally I found the novel very repetitious which became tediousOn the plus side it was still a uick read Also there were many deeper themes that a book club could discuss cultures clashing family clashing marriage clashing I want to thank William Morrow for allowing me to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion

  6. Tasha Tasha says:

    A story of friendship and self discovery told from the point of view of alternating characters Rachel and Swarti We follow two different personal journeys a native to the country of India and a foreigner who through different circumstances have been thrown together I enjoyed the story and the writing although the character of Rachel seemed a bit immature and whiny and not always likeable I had fun watching Swarti takes risks to break through her cultural norms to give herself a better life While I enjoyed having a 'tour' through Mumbai I didn't get as deep a sense of the city as I would have liked but I think that might be harder to do with contemporary fiction over historical fiction Despite this I still enjoyed 'exploring' the city with Rachel I appreciate that the author uses her experience to write this story as that always adds another level to my enjoyment as well Overall I enjoyed this story and plan on checking out the author's other book America for Beginners Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollinsPublishers for an advanced ecopy in exchange for an honest fair review

  7. Tracie Tracie says:

    How good is this novel? I finished it yesterday already declared it one of my favorite books of 2020 and have collected two pre orders Leah Franui writes with assured self awareness of being a white woman in a foreign land and she does it with a deft touch Both narrators feel like real complicated messy wonderful women Few novels have shown both sides of cultural and generational divides as well as Mother Land And? It's just a beautifully told story

  8. Leighellen Landskov Leighellen Landskov says:

    Oh friends it’s been such a good week for books  Vacation will do that to you I think  I’ve been able to sit still and immerse myself in each book so that they become a part of me with no distractions  Yesterday I finished Motherland by Leah Franui and my heart is so full  I can’t recommend this one enough  Please do yourself a favor and pick this up  “The problem with moving was that it made you alien  Everyone was a stranger and you were the invader the outsider the one desperate to achieve closeness with others”I have known the confusion and pain of moving  We moved my senior year in high school  I always joke that it took me ten years to recover from the devastation but it’s hardly a joke  My life changed and derailed in mysterious and beautiful ways that I still feel 25 years later  And then later in life as a newly married woman I moved again with my husband and our three kiddos From a city to the country from the sea to the mountains away from family and friends  It wasn’t to a foreign land as described in this book but to me it might as well have been  I thought when i moved here that I would find the things I wanted but I have only become and confused I keep pouring things into my body to fill it up to make it full of something that will make me feel lessalone Less unhappy But it doesn't work Smoke rum and work and even people None of it worksIn this book we follow the journey of two women starting over in their own way  Rachel a young Jewish American has recently moved to Mumbai India with her new husband  And Swati Rachel’s new Mother in Law has just left her husband and moved in with her son  The two women could not be different and clash early on as they both have their own ways of running a home  But as this beautiful dual narrative book so elouently displays they are experiencing the same things just in their own ways“It is easy to be afraid  Everyone stays where they are because they do not know what will happen to them when they go to a new place  But they are still the same  They can do than they think”I love how this book did such a wonderful job of showing how connected we truly are  In an age of so much division and finger pointing this book gently reminds us that we may look different but we are the same  We feel hope and experience loss and need love even if we may do all those things differently  Frani poignantly highlights the cultural differences of AmericaIndia and uniue stresses of the MIL relationship while still honoring both It feels like a love letter to a misunderstood city with its lush descriptions of food people and culture  She also dives into the complexities of marriage friendship and family  What it means to be a woman and have courage to speak up and ask for what you want  To look inside yourself for your needs“Is that enough?  Just to have faith that things might change?  Or should we do things to make them change?”Franui handles all this depth with a light touch making this a uick enjoyable read  

  9. Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader) Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader) says:

    35 starsreview to come

  10. Kelly Kelly says:

    Mother Land might be one of the best character studies that I've ever read and is certainly the best I've read in a long time Maybe part of this is because it's grounded in differences in culture so it provides extra depth and dimension by exposing you to the perspective of someone who has lived with different life expectations ascribed and imposed Rachel an American marries Dhruv an Indian expat because he provides the decisiveness that she's always lacked in her life She feels like it will make things easier for her but a move to Mumbai and her mother in law moving in to their home makes her begin to realize that she's not happy Swati Dhruv's mother sees a new way of life in the relationship her son has with his wife so she decides to leave her husband and be able to live life the way she wants to In many ways it makes her much happier; the only problem is that in doing so she's doing exactly to her daughter in law what was done to her imposing her preferences and wants because it's a social and cultural norm in India In addition to the places where each of these women is struggling to find herself they are facing a mindset where a woman making her own choices and decisions is regarded as shameful This is a joint issue with Rachel and Dhruv she puts herself in the position by seeking decisiveness externally but he creates a whole problem on his own by trying to have one foot in both worlds but his mind in only one of them This makes the first part of the book really challenging to read in a good way but definitely makes it even enjoyable as Sawti and Rachel learn to see each other as complex people that while open to change also need to be appreciated and respected for who they already are Will Sawti go back to her husband? Will Rachel find what she's looking for? Can the two women really live amicably together coming from such different backgrounds? Do yourself a favor and read the book to find out

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Mother Land[KINDLE] ✽ Mother Land By Leah Franqui – “Lively and evocative Mother Land is a deftly crafted exploration of identity and culture with memorable and deeply human characters who highlight how that which makes us different can ultimately un “Lively and evocative Mother Land is a deftly crafted exploration of identity and culture with memorable and deeply human characters who highlight how that which makes us different can ultimately unite us”—Amy Myerson author of The bookshop of Yesterdays and The ImperfectsFrom the critically acclaimed author of America for Beginners a wonderfully insightful witty and heart piercing novel set in Mumbai about an impulsive American woman her headstrong Indian mother in law and the unexpected twists and turns of life that bond themWhen Rachel Meyer a thirtysomething foodie from New York agrees to move to Mumbai with her Indian born husband Dhruv she knows some culture shock is inevitable Blessed with a curious mind and an independent spirit Rachel is determined to learn her way around the hot noisy seemingly infinite metropolis she now calls home But the ex pat American’s sense of adventure is sorely tested when her mother in law Swati suddenly arrives from Kolkata—a thousand miles away—alone with an even shocking announcement she’s left her husband of than forty years and moving in with them Nothing the newlyweds say can budge the steadfast Swati and as the days pass it becomes clear she is here to stay—an uneasy situation that becomes difficult when Dhruv is called away on business Suddenly these two strong willed women from such very different backgrounds who see life so differently are alone together in a home that each is determined to run in her own way—a situation that ultimately brings into uestion the very things in their lives that had seemed perfect and permanent with results neither of them expectHeartfelt charming deeply insightful and wise Mother Land introduces us to two very different women from very different cultures who maybe aren’t so different after all.