While I enjoyed the book, I thought it wasn’t nearly as impactful as some of the other reads because I couldn’t get myself to like any of the characters in the novel
Jhumpa writes about India, relationships , the struggle of the Indian identity in America, heroism, idealism, feminism - you name it, but she is doing that within a touching story, that will make you smile and cry, that breaks the heart and also fills with joy.
The characters are nobel, each one in his/her way - a sensitive, too kind hearted, melting man, his brother which is an idealist to the extreme, which leads to his premature death, a brilliant woman that dives into her past and into studying, another idealist woman that cannot find her place and constantly moving.
Lahiri has strong brilliant women as characters in her books, they tend to be well educated, successful, adopting western customs, free spirits that is not interested in being tied to men. It is refreshing to see an author with such characters (another author that tends to do so is the amazing Barbara Kingsolver). All of that in addition to her brilliant, beautiful writing and being a Pulitzer Prize winner.