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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (2017)

av 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… (mer)

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    fulner: The amount of similarities between the girls of antebellum South in Gone with the Wind and the Indian girls in Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows is striking.
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Just based on the title, I was super skeptical of this book. Erotica? No thanks. But man, am I glad I looked past my initial qualms. This book was great! I would definitely recommend it for book clubs. It was a fun read that touched on some important social issues as well. ( )
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
I quite enjoyed the setting and the exploration of the initial cast of characters. As for the mystery, there is very little, mostly an unspoken community knowledge that you can put together with two pieces of information given in the first couple chapters. It's unfortunate that this part of the narrative takes over; I would have read a smaller drama that was just the story of this group. The bigger drama takes away from that and doesn't quite seem to fit. I mean of course both of these coexist in the world, just the tones don't mesh, or something, I don't know, it didn't work great for me. The beginning, the class and the stories they tell, somehow has a cozy atmosphere (I say that as in the genre not what I consider cozy), and the 'mystery' does not. I'm undecided though, this book was not marketed at me and I really only read it because I'd seen it years before at the indie bookstore and then it happened into my hands recently. It's pretty off my reading paths and maybe it's a great way to introduce something new into the path of preferred readers. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
4.5 ( )
  preetisundaram | Jun 22, 2023 |
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 |
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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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