In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan
Stories

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Now in paperback, internationally bestselling author Indu Sundaresan presents a poignant collection of contemporary short stories about the challenges and consequences faced by women in Indian life today.

Like Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, Indu Sundaresan’s In the Convent of Little Flowers gives readers an eloquent and illuminating collection of stories about contemporary Indian life, exploring the cutting-edge issues that surround the clash between ancient tradition and modernity. In the collection’s title story, a young woman adopted by an American family in Seattle receives a letter from Sister Mary Theresa, a nun at the Convent of Little Flowers in Chennai, where she stayed as a child. Unbeknownst to the Indian woman, the nun is her biological mother’s sister. In another story, the grandmother of an Indian journalist begs her grandson to intervene and stop a young widow from being burned alive. And when a teenaged daughter bears a child out of wedlock, her entire family is thrown into turmoil. With their lush prose, vividly rendered settings, and complex characters, these and the other stories in this elegant collection bring readers into the experience of Indian women at home and abroad, where modernity offers them lives their grandmothers could never dream of, while at the same time taking away parts of their history. With a delicate touch, Indu Sundaresan weaves the pieces of the conflict together, presenting a nuanced and unforgettable tapestry.
 

About Indu Sundaresan

See more books from this Author
Indu Sundaresan was born in India and grew up on Air Force bases all over the country.  Her father, a fighter pilot, was also a storyteller—managing to keep his audiences captive and rapt with his flair for drama and timing.  He got this from his father, Indu's grandfather, whose visits were always eagerly awaited.  Sundaresan’s love of stories comes from both of them, from hearing their stories based on imagination and rich Hindu mythology, and from her father's writings.After an undergraduate degree in economics from India, Sundaresan came to the U.S. for graduate school at the University of Delaware and has an MS in operations research and an MA in economics. But all too soon, the storytelling gene beckoned.The Twentieth Wife, Sundaresan’s first novel, won the 2003 Washington State Book Award.  Her second novel, The Feast of Roses, is a sequel to the first and continues the story of Mehrunnisa, Empress Nur Jahan’s life as the most powerful woman of the Mughal dynasty that ruled India.
 
Published December 4, 2008 by Atria Books. 225 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for In the Convent of Little Flowers

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Similarly, in “The Faithful Wife,” a young reporter leaves the city when his grandmother tells him that their village is planning to burn a 12-year-old widow alive on her husband’s funeral pyre, in order to honor a centuries-old tradition.

| Read Full Review of In the Convent of Little Flow...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Sundaresan (The Twentieth Wife ) bluntly questions how evolved the globalized world truly is in these stories of individuals trapped between India's archaic traditions and blitz into modernity.

Oct 20 2008 | Read Full Review of In the Convent of Little Flow...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

We in the West have always had a fascination with all things Eastern to the extent that we have created various stereotypes and clichés to ensure that countries like India are what we want them to be.

Dec 22 2008 | Read Full Review of In the Convent of Little Flow...

Fiction Writers Review

Indu Sundaresan’s fourth book and first story collection, In the Convent of Little Flowers, contains India’s multitudes, all in relationships of opposition – men vs.

Mar 04 2009 | Read Full Review of In the Convent of Little Flow...

Fiction Writers Review

Indu Sundaresan’s fourth book and first story collection, In the Convent of Little Flowers (Simon & Schuster, 2008), contains India’s multitudes, all in relationships of opposition – men vs.

Mar 04 2009 | Read Full Review of In the Convent of Little Flow...

Reader Rating for In the Convent of Little Flowers
75%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 21 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×