No One Can Pronounce My Name

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[Lesley] You can change your life and the lives of others. How? A cup of chai, listening, trying something new, being honest and kind. That all sounds pretty sappy, but it is what is at the heart of this book, surrounded by humor, misfits, gossip, and Cleveland.

This group of Indian immigrants and Americans meet each other in tangential ways and their lives become more intertwined even as they each are on their own path to discover who they are and how they fit into their families and surroundings.

Prashant breaks out of cultural expectations to follow his passion in college instead of in his father’s footsteps. Harit breaks free from grief and in the process also frees his mother. Teddy breaks free from what others think he *should* be and finds love. Cheryl breaks free from the monotony of Cleveland and her job to go on a Thelma and Louise-style road trip. Mohan breaks free of his shyness and routine to court his wife again. And, at the center of it all, Ranjana (mother to Prashant, wife to Mohan, co-worker of Cheryl, acquaintance of Teddy, and eventual confidant to Harit) breaks free of being “only” any of those things, writes paranormal romances, and decides that she can choose what lies ahead and what person to be.

Loved it. Just loved it.

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