Whether introducing her readers to a chimpanzee attempting
to find a place in a community of animals, an Indian classical dance instructor
who contemplates applying a bleaching cream to her skin, or to a woman coping
with her marriage to a ghost...
The Good Daughter is that rare memoir so rich in
detail and dialogue that one feels as if they are voraciously flipping through
a fiction novel -- dramatic and sweeping, Lili’s life rivals that of a Dickensian orphan
In writing about India, Eleni Gage hasn't
been able to avoid some of the more obvious traps. Her novel falls into the
shopworn travelogue theme in which India is exotic and therefore can school
non-natives in the practice of becoming decent human...
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