You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali PerkinsYou Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring The Distant Near

byMitali Perkins

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with five starred reviews!
One of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2017!
One of The New York City Public Librariy's Notable 50 Best Books for Teens!

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

Mitali Perkins has written novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book) and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Tiger Boy is a Junior Library Guild selection. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. She currently resides in San...
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Title:You Bring The Distant NearFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.53 × 5.85 × 1.15 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374304904

ISBN - 13:9780374304904

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from It Felt Like Coming Home “Where am I from? Could the answer be stories and words, some of theirs, some of mine?” I read my first book by Mitali Perkins in less than four hours. I was in my grandmother’s house, surrounded by sleeping family when I decided to dive in and four hours later, when I re-entered my real world, I realised that I’d fallen in love with the family, the writing, he love and the sisterhood that Mitali Perkins created over three generations of heartbreak, love and acceptance. I find it very hard to sit down and write out what I feel because You Bring The Distant Near feels like home to me, and in the best way possible. Despite the fact that I’ve grown up entirely in India, I’ve been raised in a mixed Western and Indian home environment. Watching generations of Das women grow up to find who they are, love and acceptance was such a wonderful experience after hearing my mother, her sisters and my grandmothers stories that are so similar and yet so different from these. MY THOUGHTS: 1. This book drew me in and it drew me in fast. From the very first chapter, Mitali Perkins had this way of creating a story that called to me on such a deep level. I understand tradition and family values and the overwhelming protection Indian and Bengali parents give their daughters. I got this book on a fundamental level and it made its way into my heart. 2. I loved reading Ranee, Sonia and Tara’s stories. They had this quaint feeling to them that comes with anything from the 90’s and I was totally invested in them. Reading their stories as they grew up and found themselves and love felt so easy, like I’d slipped inside a world that was so like mine and so enthralling. I LOVED IT. 3. Despite the fact that I LOVED the first two parts of the story with Ranee, Tara, Sonia and their father, the next generation with their daughters didn’t nearly entertain me as much. For some reason, Anna and Chantal (Tara and Sonia’s daughters respectively) didn’t capture my attention or my heart the way their mothers and grandmother did. 4. On the whole, despite not loving Chantal and Anna’s stories THAT much, it didn’t spoil the book for me in any way. You Bring The Distant Near is unlike anything I’ve ever read and Mitali Perkins’ subtle writing has a way of bringing characters to life on a page. 5. The culture portrayed in this book – Bengali, Indian and American – was STUNNING. Mitali Perkins handled Racism, Culture, Identity, Love, Family, Tradition and Death in SUCH A STUNNING MANNER. I loved every aspect of this accepting book. A book I could never recommend enough, and one that felt like I was coming home to a family I knew and loved. I’ll definitely be picking this one up again soon. 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-10-03

Editorial Reviews

A 2017 National Book Award Longlist TitleA Junior Library Guild SelectionA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." -Booklist starred review"... an unforgettable novel... Perkins's vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one's own path." -Publishers Weekly starred review"This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." -School Library Journal starred review "...an ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." -The Horn Book starred review"...features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant." -Kirkus"The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"With wisdom and wit, You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors." -Shelf Awareness starred review