Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors: A Novel by Sonali DevPride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors: A Novel by Sonali Dev

Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors: A Novel

bySonali Dev

Paperback | May 7, 2019

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Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

·       Never trust an outsider

·       Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations

·       And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.

 

Title:Pride, Prejudice, And Other Flavors: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062839055

ISBN - 13:9780062839053

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starts slow, but really gives you the P&P feels Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors started off quite slow for me, but then quickly had me eating out of its Austen-obsessed hand. It’s a gender-flipped version of Pride & Prejudice, with Dr Trisha Raje from the celebrated, rich family whose pride gets the better of her, and DJ Caine as the poor British chef who can’t see past his own prejudice against the Rajes. Both the main characters have a bit of Elizabeth and Darcy in them. Trisha is a genius neurosurgeon who is doing breakthrough research that could save DJ’s sister’s life. However, it’s very clear right from the get-go that she’s basically a social disaster – she’s focused so much of her life on her career that she’s awkward and can’t deal with social situations, she rarely eats, and she tends to come off pretty brash. She’s also been ostracised from her large Indian family because of a past misjudgment with, yes, a Wickham. Now, on the cusp of her brother Yash becoming governor of California, she’s back in her family’s life…and as a result, in DJ’s as well. DJ only has one sister, Emma, who is a talented artist who has a brain tumour that is all but inoperable. Of course, Trisha is the one who is treating her, and she has a solution, but it’s one that is dealing a blow to him and Emma, so he’s already a bit prejudiced against Trisha. At the same time, he needs to ingratiate himself to the Raje family because, as a private chef, he needs their business. Luckily, DJ is an absolutely phenomenal chef, and a genuinely nice person. He will do anything and everything for his sister, including leave his position in Paris at a Michelin-starred restaurant so that he can be there for Emma. The initial meeting between DJ and Trisha is as much of a disaster as you can expect, and honestly, I couldn’t see how these two would ever get to the point of romance. But you know what? I felt the same way the first time I ever read the original P&P as well, and Sonali Dev did an amazing job bringing us there. What I loved about this book is that it didn’t shy away from class politics or the very real issue of DJ being a black man in America and Trisha’s own ignorance of her own privilege. Those were definitely huge issues that Dev had to bridge, and she did it deftly and sensitively without losing the thread of the characters or their motivations. There are layers and multitudes to both Trisha’s and DJ’s histories, from Trisha’s Indian royal family coming to America and working their way up to become an influential political family, to DJ’s own upbringing as a poor kid in London who got in with the wrong crowd for a short time. These are fully fleshed out, complicated characters. I also loved how amazingly Dev described the work that Trisha did, and the food that DJ cooked. Both characters are obsessed with their work, but in a good way. This was a true marriage of, as Robert Frost says, “avocation with vocation”, and I was so here for it. The food descriptions were SO scrumptious. While I definitely got a slow start on Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors, it quickly drew me in. There’s just so much in it, and Dev handles all the storylines deftly, from Trisha and DJ’s attraction, to Trisha’s sister’s issues with her husband, to the cultural nuances, filial piety and professional duty. It took a lot to bring all of the characters to natural conclusions, but it worked. And the more I think about Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, the more I liked it. This is definitely a book that makes you work for it’s conclusions, but it earns them. Recommended for people who like full family dramas and a lot of angst.
Date published: 2019-05-08

Editorial Reviews

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a vibrant multicultural feast written with a taste for the true nature of the American stew--not a mush of indecipherable flavors but a celebration of its many ingredients. Sonali Dev is a fresh, unique, and wise voice in women’s fiction.”