Friday, May 10, 2013
Values. Immigrants and their children often live in America in ways that are in conflict with both local and homeland cultures. Amit Maimudar presents a very recognizable family in his novel, The Abundance. The protagonist and narrator is the mother of the family, and she is dying of cancer. Her children and her husband respond to this situation in varying ways. Each character questions his or her values from the old world or the new, as the need to face mortality becomes immediate. Cooking sustains them. Maimudar’s lyrical prose and lucid narration impressed me throughout the novel. Readers looking for the joy of real life, family relationships, love, and the natural way of death are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Abundance from amazon.com.