Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Book - 2017 | First edition
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After her father's death, Nikki, who has spent most of her life distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community, takes a job teaching a creative writing course in the heart of the Punjabi community.
Nikki has spent most of her life distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community. After her father's death she takes a job teaching a creative writing course in the heart of the Punjabi community. When one of the women students brings a book of erotica to class, Nicki use it as the basis for helping these modest women unleash creativity by telling their own stories.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062645128 (hardcover)
0062645129 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC JASWAL
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 24 cm

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KCLSQueennie Oct 19, 2018

This book is BRILLIANT. The author magically weaves issues of race, culture, identity, and generational differences, even adding a mystery in its pages (and great saucy bits) in this evocative novel. If this is a book club choice, I can imagine hours and hours of going through this its pages and ... Read More »

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_McGeek_ Mar 14, 2019

This book has lots going on, being funny and a bit of a thriller/mystery kept it entertaining while learning about traditional Punjabi beliefs, traditions and lifestyle made it really interesting. I agree it was fast paced but I also think it's rare when people say a book could've been longer!
I'd recommend this book if you're looking for a fun, quick, entertaining read for sure!

JCLHelenH Feb 15, 2019

There was so much to like here; culture, identity, generational differences. But also a fair bit of meh. I would have found the Punjabi women's reactions more believable over a longer time frame. Overall, entertaining and interesting with an interesting twist.

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Linyarai
Jan 27, 2019

I found the first 1/3 fairly slow and I wasn't too into it, but the rest of the book was more interesting with the mystery and excitement of it all.

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Mahala
Dec 10, 2018

this was a different read from what I usually read but I ended up enjoying it. it was a good enjoyable read.

KCLSQueennie Oct 19, 2018

This book is BRILLIANT. The author magically weaves issues of race, culture, identity, and generational differences, even adding a mystery in its pages (and great saucy bits) in this evocative novel. If this is a book club choice, I can imagine hours and hours of going through this its pages and feeling as if one has just scratched the surface.

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mom03kid
Oct 08, 2018

What a fantastic read - funny, cryptic, and oh so well... ummm. I loved reading this book. Held my interest and was finished before i knew it.

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MelyssaLynnKoopman
Aug 14, 2018

Nikki grew up in a traditional Indian home to immigrant parents in London. She's typecasted as a "modern" girl because she had dropped out of college, moved out of her family home to live in a flat alone (and unmarried *gasp*), smokes cigarettes and works in a pub. She stumbles upon a listing at the Southall temple, looking for someone to teach a creative writing class to Punjabi widows. She's hired by Kulwinder, a strict Indian woman, whose daughter Maya, also considered a modern girl, had recently died. To Nikki's surprise, the widows decide to compose and share erotic stories in secret. Nikki learns about these women's arranged marriages as they discuss taboo subjects and their Punjabi community secrets, like Maya's death, are slowly revealed.

I thought this was a delightful read! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Punjabi culture. The writing was witty, funny and surprisingly serious as topics like immigration and honour killings were integrated into the story. It was a little slow at the start, but once I was about halfway through, I couldn't put the book down; the ending even had me a little emotional. Would definetly recommend!

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AConsolver
Aug 02, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy diverse contemporary fiction. Specifically books that delve into gender roles, religion, and immigrant families.

Nikki is a modern woman. Despite her family's Indian and Sikh heritage, she makes her own way in the world. She works in a pub, isn't interested in arranged marriage, and smokes cigarettes. When her sister asks her to take a marriage ad to the local temple for her, she sees that they are hiring a creative writing teacher for women. Nikki jumps at the chance to empower these women, and takes the job. She doesn't realize that many of them cannot yet read or write, she's even more surprised when she finds out that they really just want to share their deepest fantasies in story form. Kulwinder's daughter disregarded their rules and culture, and now she is dead. Kulwinder spends her days afraid of stepping out of line. When Nikki is hired to teach the women, Kulwinder finds that she is more like her daughter than she is comfortable with. This story blends two cultures, multiple generations, and brings women together.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it blended "modern women" with traditional Punjabi women. I liked that it included different generations and circumstances, and allowed all of the women to learn from one another. Particularly I enjoyed the focus on the widows, in American culture we don't treat widows in quite the same way, but I thought that this book was important in showing that widows still need social activities, company, and still have an interest in romance and sex. There are bits and pieces of their erotic stories written in to the chapters, and I thought that they helped illustrate the culture and how people can surprise you. I really enjoyed how things wound up in the end. I loved seeing how far the characters came in their own lives and relationships. I thought that this book was really satisfying.

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laphampeak
Jul 16, 2018

Funny, sometimes serious, this story entertains. It's not just about the sharing of intimate stories from an ageing group of Indian widows. We are taken lightly into the world of modern meets tradition as women either live into a strict culture of patriarchy or live in freedom of choice despite harsh criticism and ostracism. Clever and fun.

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egirons
Jul 05, 2018

If you like Harlequins, go for it. It has all the ingredients. Boy and girl meet, have a falling out, boy explains himself and all live happily ever after. Gag. So many flaws. The posting for the class doesn't even have a teacher and is for a writing class. Nothing is mentioned about widows yet all students are. One student can't even read and registers - and she is not liked by others in the community. It's her "son" who registers her. Why would he do that? Page 196 Gulsham couldn't take the diary out without being noticed. Huh? They'll notice her coming out of the room anyway - with or without the diary. Hide it under her clothes!!! The end gets wrapped up with the murderer being caught, Nikki getting the book she's always wanted, back with the boyfriends, going to school, teaching the class, blah, blah blah. GAG. I was generous with my rating because it did give a bit of info on the Punjabi community.

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