TLC Book Tours Presents: And Laughter Fell From the Sky

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Release date: 2012 / 336 pages

Synopsis(from Amazon): Still living at home despite a good career and financial independence, beautiful and sophisticated Rasika has always been the dutiful daughter. With her twenty-sixth birthday fast approaching, she agrees to an arranged marriage, all while trying to hide from her family her occasional dalliances with other men. Abhay is everything an Indian-American son shouldn’t be. Having spent his postcollege years living in a commune, he now hops from one dead-end job to another, brooding over what he really  wants to do with his life. Old family friends, Rasika and Abhay seem to have nothing in common, yet when the two reconnect by chance, sparks immediately fly.

Review:  This is the second debut novel I’ve read in the past month that was inspired by a classic I have not yet experienced first-hand: Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.  Both homages take place in Ohio, coincidentally, and each revision the 19xx’s themes into fresh interpretations — wholly modern, and deeply interesting.  The first — Clarie McMillan’s Gilded Age — focuses primarily on wealth and how socio-economic aspirations can prevent authentic fulfillment.

Laughter focuses on Indian-American families — first generation twenty-somethings trying to find their own voices and identity, while still respecting the traditions of their parents and ancestors.  Socioeconomic status is still relevant — but the added pressure of marrying within one’s caste adds another layer of pressure to this young heroine’s search for true love.  She is very comfortable with her own identity and career, yet desperately wants to please her parents, willing to agree to an arranged marriage. The hero has no problems with caste or marrying a woman who his parents may not embrace.  However, his struggle is to find his calling — and his journey involves a commune, an ashram, and well-meaning hippies — until he eventually learns to listen quietly to his own voice.

And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a sweet romance, but much more than simply this.  Sreenivasan creates fully realized, three-dimensional characters who expose the reader to the challenges of first generation Indian-Americans, as well as embrace the universal desires of all ages and cultures — fulfillment, happiness, lasting love.

I strongly recommend this as a pleasurable read that would appeal to many readers of all ages.  Interested in winning a copy?  Simply drop me a comment below and I will choose a winner soon!

Check out the other stops on this tour, too!

Tuesday, June 19th: Bookstack

Wednesday, June 20th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, June 21st: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Monday, June 25th: missris

Thursday, June 28th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, July 2nd: Library of Clean Reads

Wednesday, July 3rd: Stiletto Storytime

Wednesday, July 4th: BookNAround

Thursday, July 5th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, July 12th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, July 13th: Buried in Print

Wednesday, June 20th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, June 21st: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Monday, June 25th: missris

Thursday, June 28th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, July 2nd: Library of Clean Reads

Wednesday, July 3rd: Stiletto Storytime

Wednesday, July 4th: BookNAround

Thursday, July 5th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, July 12th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, July 13th: Buried in Print

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18 Responses to TLC Book Tours Presents: And Laughter Fell From the Sky

  1. Ann says:

    I love learning about other cultures especially through fictional characters. You’ve enticed me once again through your review. Please enter me.

  2. Debbie says:

    Our Book Discussion Group recently read the classic “House of Mirth” and it was greatly received. Would really be great to read the “modern” version. Thanks for the great giveaways!

  3. I think this sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Melanie says:

    Sounds like a great book. The title sounds fun and that is appealing to me today.

  5. Diane says:

    thanks for this memorable giveaway. love the entire premise and classics are always a favorite for me.

  6. Ellie says:

    This novel interests me greatly. What a great review. Many thanks.

  7. anne says:

    I am captivated with this book. A lovely review and feature.

  8. diana mack says:

    the idea of arranged marriages has always intrigued me….why would you pick someone for me and how, after you are married, do you go about getting to know someone?

  9. Mary Gillick says:

    Sounds like a great read for me plus one I can recommend to those looking for a “pleasurable read.” Even have a book club group that would love this. Thank you for the giveaways.

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  11. I haven’t read House of Mirth though it’s been on my TBR list for quite a while.

    Thanks for being on this tour!

  12. Twisty J says:

    Thanks for the great review. The cultural identity issues sound really interesting, and like my kind of read.

  13. I haven’t read House of Mirth either but I think I’d enjoy this book anyway. I’d love to win a copy!

  14. Amy says:

    This book sounds fascinating. I love that it’s a take-off of The House of Mirth. I’m really interested to see how Rasika and Abhay impact each other. They seem quite different from one another but that can make for an interesting union.
    I enjoyed your review and look forward to reading this book!

    I’m not sure your giveaway is still opne but if it is, thank you!
    Aimala127(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. I am very interested in winning a copy.

    Cynthia

  16. I am very interested in winning a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Cynthia

  17. I’ve got a copy because I’m on the tour as well, so good luck to the entrants.

    I really enjoyed the characters in this novel too. I didn’t realize, at first, the connections with The House of Mirth. Now I’m curious, also, about Gilded Age. Interesting how inspiring these classic works are for modern writers!

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