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Don't Let Him Know: A Novel in Stories (original 2015; edição 2015)

por Sandip Roy (Autor)

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In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades letter, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes.… (mais)
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Título:Don't Let Him Know: A Novel in Stories
Autores:Sandip Roy (Autor)
Informação:Bloomsbury USA (2015), Edition: F First Edition, 256 pages
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A great story in the typical mould of Asian American writing, but this one is bold in terms of the story it is trying to tell and the device it uses to do so.

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  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
Doesn't really work. I was intrigued by the idea: a young man finds a letter in his mother's address book and thinks she had a passionate affair with someone else. What he doesn't know is that it's not his mother, but his father, who had hidden his sexuality from his wife. The son, Amit, is facing a new life of choices after seeing his marriage falter and decides it is time to change direction.
 
So starts the story of "Don't Let Him Know." It's the story of a family told in a series of stories, weaving back and forth between characters, storylines and time periods. While this is something that can work, I ultimately found it very frustrating. It's really a series of vignettes that simply don't allow for character development. We keep moving back and forth in time, but we miss a lot: how does wife and mother Romola feel about her husband having had an affair with a man? What about the cultural, familiar and societal pressures father and husband Avinash face? There is a little bit of this (Romola being very upset when she first reads the original letter, that Avinash had been told he had to get married and he went along with it, etc.), but I thought it was a great missed opportunity to further explore these themes.
 
It just was not enough. I thought the book started off really well, with Romola temporarily staying with Amit and California after Avinash has died, and goes off on a humorous and sympathetic misadventure at the local McDonald's. I thought this meant we were going to stick with Romola's POV for the story, but after the frame begins shifting again and again, I just found myself bored with the characters and their story. 
 
It could be that I am just not a fan of this type of constantly changing POVs, as this is something that I have never cared for. But I do feel that the characters were pretty short-shifted and wished the book had been longer and actually delved more deeply into this. I was drawn to this because it involved a non-white character who was part of the LGBT group (although I don't recall if Avinash actually identified himself as gay or homosexual), but I just felt overall the book was poorly constructed.
 
Just in case a potential reader may want to know: there's a depiction of a male on male rape towards the end of the book. It's relatively brief and not exceptionally graphic, but I skimmed the pages where it took place.
 
Great potential, and there are places where there's some really great writing. But I wish an editor had taken a harder look at whether the story actually benefits from this style of writing. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
The writing is a little rough around the edges, but the stories in this novel are compelling and emotional. This book is a wonderful contribution to the literature of the Indian American diaspora, with its insights into being gay and Indian. Recommended for all public libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jan 9, 2015 |
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In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades letter, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes.

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