“Ghachar Ghochar” by Vivek Shanbhag

4 stars

The title of this very short, delightful novel is a nonsense word, meaning “tangled up in an impossibly tight knot.” And that word aptly describes the loud, emotional, close-knit family at its center. Set in Bangalore, India, the family starts out almost destitute and becomes rich almost overnight, when the Uncle starts a spice business. There’s lots of squabbling among family members, and the mother is always frying samosas in the kitchen. (I love reading about other cultures, what they eat, and what they wear.) This is a fast-paced, spicy treat, and also a morality tale that will linger on my palate. Good for book clubs!

–Ellen G.

Call No: FIC Shanbhag

Posted in Summer Reading 2017 Adult.