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The unlikely adventures of the Shergill sisters / Balli Kaur Jaswal.

Jaswal, Balli Kaur, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library JAS (Text) 33500013054234 New Available -
Crookston Public Library JAS (Text) 33500013054242 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062645142
  • ISBN: 0062645145
  • Physical Description: 312 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time. Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again." -- from publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #1
    Sita Kaur Shergill is dying of cancer. She has "had enough of this ghastly life," but before she goes, she leaves epistolary final wishes that her three British-born daughters journey together to India "on [her] behalf." Her detailed itinerary is exacting, from serving others to taking cleansing ritual baths to a spiritual mountain trek, all of which—grumble, grumble—the hardly close Shergill sisters must do together. The timing is less than ideal for London-based Rajni and Jezmeen: the former's 18-year-old son has just announced he is engaged to a woman twice his age who's pregnant with his child; Jezmeen's acting career is teetering on a bizarre scandal. Meanwhile, the youngest, Shirina, travels from Australia, where she has lived since her year-ago wedding—the trip providing a convenient opportunity to fulfill her husband and mother-in-law's demands. Of course, all sorts of drama ensues, with much tending toward the obvious. Predictability aside, Jaswal's (Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, 2017) tendency to insert cloying references to future reveals may incite eye rolling rather than inspiring engagement. Still, her many fans will be happy for a new read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Sisters > Fiction.
Women travelers > Fiction.
Panjabis (South Asian people) > England > Fiction.
India > Fiction.

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