Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee

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Taken under the wing of an expat teacher for her ambition and talent, Anjali Bose hopes to escape unfavorable prospects and falls in with a crowd of young people in Bangalore, where she endeavors to confront her past and reinvent herself. By the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of India: In Word and Image. 25,000 first printing.

About Bharati Mukherjee

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Winner of a National Book Critic's Circle Award, BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of eight novels, two story collections, and the coauthor of two books of nonfiction. She is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Published May 17, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, New York City, NY.
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While most young women still wind up married before they reach their 20s, "hobbled by saris, carrying infants," Anjali Bose, a 19-year-old college student who prefers to be called Angela ("or better yet, Angie"), is lucky to have a patron in her former high school teacher, American Peter Champion...

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She is assigned the name Janey Busey from Rock City, Ill., and told to hone her accent and colloquialisms to mollify testy American callers, but it turns out that Anjali is too brash for such work.

May 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Miss New India

Suite 101

A love story set in the Punjab in the early 1800s, but with some very modern themes regarding identity, religious understanding and personal loyalties.

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USA Today

Like the thousands of other young people who flock to this modern city, she longs for a job as a call center service agent where she can make money to support herself and fulfill her dreams.But like many young girls longing for the freedoms enjoyed by their American counterparts, Anjali (who now ...

May 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Miss New India

Washington Independent Review of Books

While failing to “achieve” the pseudo-Western, imitative standard expected of Indians who answer calls from Americans and Europeans needing assistance for their computer problems, banking dilemmas and other customer service snafus ad nauseum, she does discover in the school’s director a successfu...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Ineradicably innocent throughout Miss New India, Mukherjee's main character lacks depth or complexity, and that crimps the ambitions of a comic novel that uses her to satirize the brave new world going up in south Asia.

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In Mukherjee’s eighth novel, a young photographer tells Anjali Bose, “It’s all a matter of light and angles,” after shooting her (much-doctored) portrait for a matchmaking website.

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Her Bangalore tryst turns out to be a huge roller coaster ride where – she is seduced into the freedom and modernity that the city has to offer to its inhabitants, the trickery of one of the co-residents pushes her into troubled waters and the gloomy side of independent life does not remain alie...

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Red Room

“Miss New India” contains the story of Anjali (Angie) Bose, who grows from sheltered nineteen-year-old in a backwater India town into a sadder but wiser young woman with growing skills and ambition.

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Shelf Awareness

All the books that I think are going to sell don't work, and all the books I don't think are going to work sell a lot and win awards.

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California Literary Review

In Miss New India, Bharati Mukherjee transports us to the rapid fire development occurring in India as a result of the recent outsourcing phenomenon led by some of the largest Western corporations.

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