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Book recommendation : Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi

Title- Small Days and Nights
Author- Tishani Doshi
Publisher- Bloomsbury Circus India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 272
Genre- Literary Fiction
Publication date- 4 April 2019
My ratings- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Book blurb:

Escaping her failing marriage, Grace has returned to Pondicherry to cremate her mother. Once there, she finds herself heir to an inheritance she could not have expected – a property on the beaches of Madras, and a sister she never knew she had: Lucia, who was born with Downs Syndrome and has spent her life in a residential facility.

Grace sets up a new and precarious life along the coast of Madras, with Lucia, the village housekeeper Mallika, the drily witty Auntie Kavitha and an ever-multiplying litter of puppies. But Grace’s attempts to play house prove first a struggle, then a strain, as she discovers the chaos, tenderness, fury and bewilderment of life with Lucia.

Luminous, funny, surprising and heartbreaking, Small Days and Nights is the story of a woman caught in a moment of transformation, and the sacrifices we make to forge lives that have meaning.

My review :

“Small Days and Nights” by Tishani Doshi is an exceptional, a sheer abyssal and a prodigious book. It touched me to the core holding a myriad of ecstasy.

This is a story of Grace who returns to Pondicherry for the cremation rituals of her mother. Soon after the funeral, she unravels some secrets left by her mother and discovers that she has been bequeathed a strange pink house by a beach in Tamil Nadu and a sister, named Lucia about whom she never knew. Lucia, a girl who suffers from Down Syndrome and love dogs.

Grace’s father, Giacinto, an exuberant potpourri of Italian optimism was an acousticophobe. She lived happily with her parents in their small house on Gilchrist Avenue in Madras but ended up witnessing their unsuccessful marriage.

This story is all about two sisters setting up a new life. The life in which Grace starts to match the speeds of her sister, Lucia and eventually discovers her own identity.

The book is heartwrenching and heartwarming. Words that made me ponder about the phases of life. A life that can be cruel and allows a gleam of sunshine at the same time. Grace’s life is relevant to so many women out there. Searching for their identity. Women with mixed cultures due to geographical alienation struggling for their existence.

Love, loss, death, mental syndrome, relationships and Grace’s chaos and turmoil are poetically narrated by the author and turned out to be a fervent and ravishing read. While reading the book I felt every single word by Tishani Doshin stirring to the abyss of my heart.

This book deserves all the love. Absolutely recommending this charm to each and everyone out there. Go and read it. ❤

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