Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel

Written by:
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by:
Meera Syal

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2017
10 hours 35 minutes
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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Sherry M.

I utterly enjoyed this book! This is due in large part to the narrator! She was brilliant and through her abilities was able to bring the book to life! The characters were colorful and brave. The twists and turns intriguing. I recommend this audio book to anyone who wants to get a glimpse into the culture of a culture progressing through time.

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Robin W.

A beautiful story. Funny, sad, suspenseful. Kept my interest through the whole book. Didn't want to put it down. A nice way to learn about a different culture.

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Kara B.

This was a fantastic and empowering book. There were parts that were completely unexpected and funny and the writing is detailed and sensual. Love this book

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