And Laughter Fell from the Sky by Jyotsna Sreenivasan

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18 Critic Reviews

The plot of the book is a bit rambling, and I felt as though the part where Abhay moves to Portland could have been pared down and tightened, but overall I found it compelling and I wanted to keep reading. The end isn't a surprise...
-Miss Ris

Synopsis

“A timely story about what matters most deeply: our quest for love and acceptance….Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s writing speaks straight to the heart.”
—Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men

And Laughter Fell from the Sky, the enthralling first novel from Jyotsna Sreenivasan, is a stirring contemporary love story about two young Indian-Americans trying to find love and their place in the world, while dealing with the confines and pressures of their culture and their families. A remarkable literary journey that carries the reader from the American heartland to the Pacific Northwest and into the teeming heart of India, And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a magnificent debut by a fresh and exciting new voice, immediately placing Sreenivasan alongside Jhumpa Lahiri, popular author of The Namesake, as an expert chronicler of the Indian-American cultural experience.

 

About Jyotsna Sreenivasan

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Jyotsna Sreenivasan, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was born and raised in Ohio. She earned an M.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines and she has received literature grants from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The author of several nonfiction books published by academic presses and the creator of Gender Equality Bookstore, she lives in Moscow, Idaho with her family. This is her first novel.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 339 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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S. Krishna's Books

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 19 2012

Sreenivasan’s prose is crisp and easy to read, and readers will itch to discuss Rasika and the novel’s outcome with others.

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Peeking Between the Pages

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Reviewed by Darlene on Jul 10 2012

I did not make any real connection with the characters. 

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Write Meg

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Reviewed by Meg on Aug 06 2012

So much of And Laughter Fell From The Sky centers on tension. Sexual, romantic, familial, job-related . . . an engaging, fulfilling read.

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BookNAround

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Reviewed by Kristen on Jul 03 2012

Rasika as a character comes across as superficial and needy and she can be quite hard to like.

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Reviewed by Reads4Pleasure on Jun 01 2012

Readers will find themselves going through all 336 pages and not caring one way or another if the two of them end up together.

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The Independent Review

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Reviewed by Kelsey on Nov 25 2012

There was something interesting in the chasm between the Indian community . . . And the American culture that she tried so hard to fit into. 

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Broken Teepee

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Reviewed by Broken Teepee on Jun 28 2012

I did enjoy reading it but when I stop to think about it I wonder why.

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Books in the City

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Reviewed by Colleen on Jun 25 2012

I love this as an immigrant story but there is something there for most.

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Reviewed by Mom

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Reviewed by Kristin Jordan on Aug 10 2012

This was a great book filled with love, family and relationships. And Laughter Fell From the Sky should not be missed....a great read!

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The Feminist Texican Reads

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Reviewed by Melissa on Jun 21 2012

... I enjoyed how Sreenivasan explored her characters’ philosophies on life and love, as well as their identities as first-generation Indian-Americans. The book would make a good beach read or book club pick.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

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Reviewed by Stargazerpuj on Jun 04 2012

The ending is a little forced and rather too neat.

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Stiletto Storytime

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Reviewed by Stiletto Storytime on Jul 03 2012

The whole work created a very intriguing paradox of this desire for the “American dream” . . . While still so strongly believing in . . . arranged marriage. 

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Library of Clean Reads

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Reviewed by Laura on Jul 02 2012

I had mixed feelings when reading this book, especially at the end when things became convenient for everyone. 

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Kindle and Me

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Reviewed by Anjana Vasan on Jun 20 2012

And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a sweet, wonderful love story about two people trying to make their relationship work in a judgmental society. I honestly enjoyed this more than I can express.

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Kahakai Kitchen

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Reviewed by Deb on Jul 12 2012

This book is a well-written look at Indian-American culture.

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Bookstack

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Reviewed by Ravenous Reader on Jun 18 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rasika along this journey of discovery into her true heart and spirit. 

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Miss Ris

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Reviewed by missris on Jun 25 2012

The plot of the book is a bit rambling, and I felt as though the part where Abhay moves to Portland could have been pared down and tightened, but overall I found it compelling and I wanted to keep reading. The end isn't a surprise...

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Streetcorner Library

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Reviewed by Streetcorner Child on Jul 20 2012

I think the author let the readers down by letting Rasika off the hook at the end for so many of her bad actions.

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