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Coconut Dreams

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Great collection of short stories. As with most collections, some stories were too short and I found myself wanting more.
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Coconut Dreams was a lovely multigenerational collection of short stories. It was well-written and the audiobook narration was very well done. There were various narrators from different points in time and, not realizing at first that this was a collection of related short stories, this left me wishing that I had the physical book to refer to. However, it did not detract from the rich interwoven short stories themselves.  

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, narrators, and publishers for allowing me to listen to this wonderful book. The above opinions are completely my own.
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Superb account of an Indian immigrant family in Canada.

Coconut Dreams is a collection of very much interconnected short stories about one Indian family in Canada. Their immigrant experience is examined from a new lens in a beautiful, well-writen and very realistic way. South Asians are often an unnoticed ethic group in Canada, so I was really pleased that Derek Mascarenha wrote a poignant work of fiction that brings to light such issues as culture clashes, racism, class, abuse, immigrant experience and generational differences. 

The book gets heavy at times, but I think this is really adequate, considering the real experience of families such as the Pintos. Since I was lucky to listen to it through an audiobook, I could hear the emotions well-pronounced in the narration, which definitely made it more special to me.

I would highly recommend this book to readers of (superb) niche fiction of emerging authors describing real, unseen issues of overlooked people. Wonderful.

*Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Loved this book from the very first chapter.

This is a debut book released in 2019; listened to the audiobook, which was extremely well done by multiple narrators.

This book has a great first chapter and last chapter; and loved the chapters in between. Coconut Dreams stayed strong from start to finish.

Around 25% into this book, I decided to follow the author so that I can be on the lookout for future books.

Thank you NetGalley and the author/Derek Mascarenhas for an advance copy of the audiobook. Derek, I wish you much success and I anxiously await your next book!
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