About the Author:
Dessert first! I've never met a gulab jamun I didn't like, and they're very hard to ruin in the preparation. I like some guarantees in life!
I'm an American married to a Hindu Brahmin, and so the broad strokes of the story echo my experience. My marriage opened the door to the community I most love to write about now. In our social circle, there are plenty of attitudes similar to those I write about, and I’ve witnessed the results from my place as observer.
If Shiva's Arms had been set in an earlier time, I think Ram would have not gotten off so easily for breaking the taboo of marrying outside his race, culture, and caste. And Alice might have taken refuge permanently in her depression. Who knows? But even in a less permissive era there have been people who have followed their own path, no matter the cost.BUY IT: You can purchase this book on Amazon.
I'm hopeful about the future of the cross cultural family. Some sea changes have occurred and the ripples have been felt globally. If my story had been set in the not-so-distant future, Alice might not have suffered as much medically, for one thing. And perhaps respect for the individual would have flowered to the point that Amma could see her children as themselves, rather than part of an ancient tradition.
Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of this book from Writers Lair Books, I was in no other way compensated to write this review.