Needless to say, it was a madhouse. Which is why I am so glad to come home, curl up with a cup of hot cocoa, and share with you this fabulous book trailer for the award winning AN UNLIKELY GODDESS by Mohana Rajakumar.
Winner of the SheWrites New Novelist competition 2011
Sita is the firstborn, but since she is a female child, her birth makes life difficult for her mother who isexpected to produce a son. From the start, Sita finds herself in a culture hostile to her, but her irrepressible personality won’t be subdued. Born in India, she immigrants as a toddler to the U.S. with her parents after the birth of her much anticipated younger brother.
Sita shifts between the vastly different worlds of her WASP dominated school and her father’s insular traditional home. Her journey takes us beneath tales of successful middle class Indians who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s.
The gap between positive stereotypes of South Asian immigrants and the reality of Sita's family, who are struggling to stay above the poverty line is a relatively new theme for Indian literature in English.
Sita's struggles to be American and yet herself, take us deeper into understanding the dilemmas of first generation children, and how religion and culture define women.