Dependable, Young Adult, Immigration; Romance; Relationships; Multigenerational; Tradition; India; Sisters; Grief; Womanhood; Identity
Sisters Tara and Sonia are as different as night and day, but they’ve grown close through their family’s multiple moves to locations around the world. As they adjust to their new adventure of living in America, they must find ways to exist in their environment as girls that are simultaneously Bengali and American. Later, cousins Anna and Chantal struggle to develop their friendship while also protecting their individuality. Anna is modest and has a strongly political mind, developed from her upbringing in India, and Chantal has an easy nature and completely American behavior. But both girls have to learn how to practice self-acceptance and appreciate the value of diversity in their complex family and the world. In the end, regardless of which generation they come from, each woman pursues her own destiny and finds peace with her own unique set of gifts.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"You Bring the Distant Near,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
5, Article 111.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss5/111