The Invitation: A Novel

The Invitation: A Novel

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A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants. When Vikram invites three of his college friends to his sona€™s graduation from MIT, they accept out of obligation and curiosity, viewing the party as a twenty-fifth reunion of sorts. Village genius Vikram, now the founder of a lucrative computer company, is having the party against his sona€™s wishes. Frances and Jay regret accepting: Frances, a real estate agent, hasn't sold a house in a year; Jaya€™s middle management job isn't brag worthy; and their daughter is failing the eleventh grade. Lali plans to hide the fact that her once-happy marriage is crumbling because her American husband is discovering his Jewish roots. Each had left UCLA expecting to be successful and have even more successful children. At Vikrama€™s Newport Beach mansion, the showmanship they anticipate dissolves as each is forced to deal with his or her own problems. The follow-up to A Good Indian Wife, Anne Cheriana€™s novel resonates with the poignancy of real life colliding with expectations unmet.... with his decision on the very morning that Lali had slipped a picture of him wearing a Harvard sweatshirt into her wallet. ... It was what she had been considering when she parsed her body in the mirror this morning, when she tried to makeanbsp;...

Title:The Invitation: A Novel
Author:Anne Cherian
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2012-05-14


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