You Bring the Distant Near

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 12 Sep 2017

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*I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review* "Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story." I loved this book so much. The characters all felt so real and different and human to me and that in and of itself helped to shape this book. I enjoyed reading about their lives as they came to and from America and how the relationships between families grew together and apart. Each woman truly had their own story to tell and it was told expertly through this story. My only complaint is that I wished it was longer as I wanted to know more, I felt like there were so many years and pieces missing from the story and I wanted the gaps to be filled in.
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Mitali Perkins’ You Bring the Distant Near is an unforgettable narrative Much like Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi I have fallen in love with Mitali Perkins’ You Bring the Distant Near. You Bring the Distant Near tells the stories of five girls/women over the span of three generations. Ranee, the oldest, is worried that her children are losing their Indian culture. Sonia is Ranee’s daughter who falls in love with an African-American friend. Tara is Sonia’s sister who is always acting, even though she’s never been on stage. Shanti is struggling to bring balance to a family divided by two cultures. And Anna, Shanti’s cousin, can’t understand why her family wants her to give up...

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Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. Tara’s family has just immigrated to New York from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone’s eyes, but she doesn’t let anyone truly see her. Her younger sister, Sonia, is falling in love with a boy her mother can’t accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family. The daughter of a Bollywood star, Anna is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect. Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow? And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel. As each Das woman...

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This is a great book symbolizing family, love and development. Everyone who likes these three things would love this book. Enjoy.
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I absolutely loved the concept of this book. Three generations of women, weaving together a tale spanning different ages, countries, identities. However, I just wasn't able to get into it. It took me over a month to read (not a good sign), and I started and finished a few books after beginning this one. I couldn't necessarily connect with any of the characters, save for the matriarch of the family-- and only in the beginning. It felt like every character had distinctions about them, but all these distinctions were told, never shown. Perkins chose to explain some things in great detail.. and then skimmed over other events.
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Excellent novel. I love the relationships between the characters and the evolution of tolerance.
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I don’t know that I’m going to be able to find adequate words to describe my feelings for this book. This intergenerational heart-wrenching gem of a book, with its slow burn that creeps into your veins and takes hold of you; there really aren’t words that do it justice. Mitali Perkins has crafted something precious here. A deceivingly simple story about three generations of women – just 5 girls growing up, changing, learning, making mistakes, and, of course, falling in love. You may be tempted to think that this book will be a quick read, but let me tell you: You Bring the Distant Near is not a “quick” book. The story is soft and slow, and it’ll stay with you long after you finish it. I...

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You Bring the Distant Near is a well executed story of heritage, expectations, points of view, and how to live in a world where these things clash. Each generation had something that was important to their story. While these themes overlapped, they were stronger with the woman/women who are the focal point in the time period. It was interesting to see as Ranee's children, who have lived in many countries, adapted to America in contrast to their mother at first. There were prejudices to be dealt with and none were resolved quite so easily as perhaps Tara and Anna would have liked. Even as the years passed and progress came into their lives, there were still difficulties hanging over...

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You Bring the Distant Near is a heart-warming family saga following the women of one family as they navigate the uncertain waters of identity, assimilation, and family. It has a wonderful cast of diverse women who are brave and tender. By taking the time, Perkins shows us the power of open-mindedness, love, and the ability to change our minds. So I was absolutely blow away by the amount of nuanced ethnic representation here. While the majority of the family is Bengali, there’s much more - half African American, and varying different experiences of religion, culture, and opinions. Each of the characters, especially the women, were intricate. Not only that, but ethnicity, stereotypes, and...

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I truly enjoyed this book! The characters were strong and clear, each with his or her own motivations and personalities. The storyline was engaging the whole way through - I wish there hadn't been so much time that passed in-between sections, though, that we got more of the transition stories between the generations. This book could have been 500 pages and I would have devoured it all.
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I'd heard lots of good things about this novel, which bumped it to to the top of my to-read lists of ARCs. I read most of it while on vacation and it seemed like a good fit - it touches upon hefty topics, but it's relatively easy reading. I liked the construction of the book, though I was a bit surprised by the first Ranee chapter - seemed to come out of nowhere for me. Similarly, I was disappointed that Starry was mostly missing from the last section of the book - Sunny makes several appearances, but Starry is always mentioned in passing. Overall, though, I very much enjoyed this multigenerational tale of women defining and understanding their identities. Thanks to the publisher for a...

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You Bring the Distant Near is a three generational saga about a Bengali family that migrates to London before coming to America. The author speaks through the voices of the women in each generation (during the years 1965 - 2006) and deftly shows the inward conflict immigrants face about trying to "fit in" while still honoring their original culture. It was intriguing to view America through the eyes of immigrants, and also interesting to learn different aspects of their culture; that the Bengalis also have a color-based caste/class system and that inter-racial and inter-cultural marriages are highly discouraged. I found it fascinating how the interactions between husband and wife, and...

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I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but I did feel that parts were jumbled, confusing and some disconnect from the characters. But I still recommend it for those who are looking to read more immigrant stories, a diverse read or reading something different altogether. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. Check out my linked review for my full thoughts.
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Fascinating stories of different generations in a transplanted Indian family, growing up in 1960s-80s. Mitali Perkings is a wonderful writer who captures the various personalities and conflicts of race, culture, and environments over the life of a family (particularly daughters)!
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You Bring the Distant Near is one of the few books that had nothing I didn’t like. This book beautifully covers assimilating to American culture and becoming a citizen while keeping ties to your heritage. Each character has their own voice and experiences as they continue some traditions and change others. I could not put this book down! Definitely go read it as soon as you can!
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YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Mitali Perkins is a multigenerational story of immigrants to America. Two Bengali daughters, Tara/Star and Sonia/Sunny move from London (after Ghana) to New York with their parents. For Tara, who aspires to be an actress, copying Marcia Brady means she has a sense of what to wear and how to act in 1970s America as she and her more rebellious yet studious sister learn to adjust to high school. Eventually, they fall in love, marry and have children of their own who struggle in turn with adolescent issues of identity and questions relative to race, culture and tolerance. Those cousins, Chantal and Anna, forge a special relationship with their immigrant...

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What a beautiful and gorgeous book! There's nothing more satisfying than when a story stays with you for a long time, and you carry it in your thoughts. If you know anything about me, I truly love multi-generational complicated stories that highlights relevant themes. This book is a truly powerful voice that is needed in the YA community. We follow three generations of an Indian-immigrant's, Bengali family, and we get a look into the nuance of culture and what it means to be biracial, and lots of feminism that's highlighted. If I could use one word to describe to this book, it would be important. Ranee is raising her two daughters, Sonia and Tara in a relatively American-focused...

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This is the story of three generations of Bengali women in America. It's told through five different perspectives and a really great mix of friendships, love, and finding yourself. It's so rare to find books about South Asians, especially YA. Add in not one, but THREE interracial relationships as well as really strong female characters and this book is very diverse, which I love. I really like how Renee's marriage is portrayed. It's arranged, but it doesn't fall in the extreme of an abusive forced relationship, or a perfect and extremely adorable one that most books about arranged marriages tend to do. It's able to toe the line of two clashing personalities and two people who...

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Loved this novel about the immigrant experience. Poignant and funny. Highly recommend this one.
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