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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel

"This book is the story of a young British Punjabi woman who signs up to teach a writing class and has no idea what is in store for her or how much it will change her and her community. It's also a touching, beautiful, heart-wrenching, and hilarious story about generations of Punjabi women in London, their community, and what they deal with/crave/dream of/handle/change. I can't say I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this book. It was immediately apparent that it was going to be amazing. I'm jealous of anyone who hasn't read it yet. They still get to discover it for the first time."


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Author Balli Kaur Jaswal
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date 2018-03-06
Section New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Nina J.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780062645111

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls. Every woman has a secret life . . . Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community. Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind. As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s "moral police." But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

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