The Mango Season

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byAmulya Malladi

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From the acclaimed author of A Breath of Fresh Air, this beautiful novel takes us to modern India during the height of the summer’s mango season. Heat, passion, and controversy explode as a woman is forced to decide between romance and tradition.

Every young Indian leaving the homeland for the United States is given the following orders by their parents: Don’t eat any cow (It’s still sacred!), don’t go out too much, save (and save, and save) your money, and most important, do not marry a foreigner. Priya Rao left India when she was twenty to study in the U.S., and she’s never been back. Now, seven years later, she’s out of excuses. She has to return and give her family the news: She’s engaged to Nick Collins, a kind, loving American man. It’s going to break their hearts.

Returning to India is an overwhelming experience for Priya. When she was growing up, summer was all about mangoes—ripe, sweet mangoes, bursting with juices that dripped down your chin, hands, and neck. But after years away, she sweats as if she’s never been through an Indian summer before. Everything looks dirtier than she remembered. And things that used to seem natural (a buffalo strolling down a newly laid asphalt road, for example) now feel totally chaotic.

But Priya’s relatives remain the same. Her mother and father insist that it’s time they arranged her marriage to a “nice Indian boy.” Her extended family talks of nothing but marriage—particularly the marriage of her uncle Anand, which still has them reeling. Not only did Anand marry a woman from another Indian state, but he also married for love. Happiness and love are not the point of her grandparents’ or her parents’ union. In her family’s rule book, duty is at the top of the list.

Just as Priya begins to feel she can’t possibly tell her family that she’s engaged to an American, a secret is revealed that leaves her stunned and off-balance. Now she is forced to choose between the love of her family and Nick, the love of her life.

As sharp and intoxicating as sugarcane juice bought fresh from a market cart, The Mango Season is a delightful trip into the heart and soul of both contemporary India and a woman on the edge of a profound life change.


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From the acclaimed author of A Breath of Fresh Air, this beautiful novel takes us to modern India during the height of the summer’s mango season. Heat, passion, and controversy explode as a woman is forced to decide between romance and tradition.Every young Indian leaving the homeland for the United States is given the following orders...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307417239

ISBN - 13:9780307417237

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious! After living and studying in the United States for seven years, Priya returns to India. While her time in the States has transformed her, she must come to accept that India has remained the unchanged. As she attempts to adapt to her former life, she realizes that she is no longer able to conform to the traditional ways of her family. What is more, she has returned to inform them of her engagement to an American – news she is certain will break their hearts and result in her being disowned. Once again Malladi has managed to balance the intricacies and pressures of family relationships. I highly recommend this entertaining and engaging novel which is as fresh as the juice of a mango with a delightful twist.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mango Season This book will keep you hooked. Great story line that will enlighten you on your own unique cultural biases
Date published: 2006-02-09