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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (2017)

por Balli Kaur Jaswal

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Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Pick

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages??a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected??and exciting??kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community's "moral police." But when the widows' gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife??a modern woman like Nikki??and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens… (mais)

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4.25/5 ( )
  Victoria_Robledo | Mar 25, 2023 |
Fun mix of perspectives and how people relate to each other. Very enjoyable. ( )
  cathy.lemann | Mar 21, 2023 |
Nikki comes from a Sikh family but she has bucked tradition. She lives alone and works at a bar. To earn extra money, she takes a job teaching creative writing at the community center, but the Sikh women who take the class think they signed up for a class to learn better English. Nikki ends up teaching them how to write stories that are erotic fantasies. The men of the community find out about this and are not happy about it.

There is also a mystery element to this book with a twist that surprised me. And if you’re unsure about erotica, that part of it is pretty tame. It’s not 50 Shades of Gray. I also learned a lot about the Sikh religion and culture.

Recommended. ( )
  mcelhra | Mar 18, 2023 |
This was a great mix of mystery and intrigue, a touch of romance, an uplifting and affirming main plot, a lovely headstrong character, feminism, and lots of humourous moments.

Too much sex, of course, but at least I expected that going in! ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
I can't speak to the accuracy of the depiction of a culture other than my own, but I can say that I made a lot more chai than usual while reading this book. I think it's a pretty universal aspect of life to feel the clash of others' expectations with our own needs and wants, which creates some sympathy with Nikki. I loved the widows and the way the story forces us to see how easy it is for all of us to fall back on stereotypes instead of getting to know the actual person. There are a lot of funny moments and some touching ones in this story. Interestingly, the most explicit stories are the (semi-)fictional ones told by the widows, rather than the actual experiences had by characters in the story, which are more hazily described. All in all, an enjoyable book. ( )
  moxamoll | Nov 1, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:

Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Pick

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages??a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected??and exciting??kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community's "moral police." But when the widows' gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife??a modern woman like Nikki??and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens

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