As Sweet as Honey by Indira Ganesan

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In her latest novel, Indira Ganesan, a writer often likened to Arundhati Roy and Chitra Divakaruni (see back of jacket for reviews), gives us an enchanting story of family life that is a dance of love and grief and rebirth set on a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean.

The island is filled with exotic flora and fauna and perfumed air. A large family compound is presided over by a benign, stalwart grandmother. There is a very tall South Asian heroine with the astonishing un-Indian name of Meterling, who has found love at last in the shape of a short, round, elegant Englishman who wears white suits. There are also numerous aunts, uncles, and young cousins—among them, Mina, grown now, and telling this story of a marriage ceremony that ends with a widowed bride who, in the midst of her grief, discovers she is pregnant.            

While enjoying their own games and growing pains, Mina and her young cousins follow every nuance of gossip, trying to puzzle out what is going on with their favorite aunt, particularly when the groom’s cousin arrives from England and begins to woo her. As Meterling—torn between Eastern and Western ideas of love and family, duty and loyalty—struggles to make a new life, we become as entranced with this family, its adventures and complications, as Mina is.

And with her we celebrate a time and place where, although sometimes difficult, life was for the most part as sweet as honey.   

BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from India Ganesan's Inheritance


About Indira Ganesan

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Indira Ganesan was born in Srirangam, India, and moved to the United States as a child. She graduated from Vassar College and received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her previous novels were The Journey and Inheritance. She currently lives in Provincetown, MA.

Author Residence: Provincetown and Boston

Author Hometown: Princeton
Published February 12, 2013 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In her third novel (after Inheritance), Ganesan returns to the island of Pi in the Indian Ocean, the tiniest crescent-shaped bindi above the eyebrows to Sri Lanka's tear. Mina, now grown, tells the

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Surprisingly, 6-foot-tall Auntie Meterling is marrying “the littlest man she knew.” At 4-feet, 11-inches, Archer bears “a striking resemblance to the Monopoly man, with a full white moustache, and a round tummy.” He’s the English owner of a gin distillery located “on the island of Pi in the Bay o...

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