A magical mixture of East meets West, and mothers in conflict with daughters – for anyone who enjoyed ‘Bend it like Beckham’ but prefers food to football...
There's East. There's West. And then there's Maya...
Maya, her mother Nalini, and her brother Satchin have left a carefree life in India to come to England. But when Maya's father disappears, leaving only deceit and debt behind, they are left to fend for themselves in a strange, damp land.
Maya, though, doesn't know of her father's betrayal. Nalini, determined to preserve her children's pride, tells them that their father died in an accident and, as their struggle to make a life begins, whole realities are built on this lie. While Nalini cooks exotic pickles which enchant all who eat them, Maya begins to adapt to her new home – the unfamiliar food, the language, the music – and then to explore and make bold plans, plans that her mother does not understand.
But even a white lie cannot remain hidden forever – and when the truth resurfaces, it changes everything...
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Preethi Nair was born in Southern India but raised in London, where she now lives. Following a career as a management consultant, she gave it all up to self-publish her first novel, GYPSY MASALA, which received tremendous publicity. She now writes full time.Review:
‘An absorbing novel about mothers, daughters, food and truth.’ Closer
‘A rich, evocative tale.’ Company
"A heart-warming read about families, forgiveness, carving futures and filtering truth." Guardian
‘A great read. Fast, funny and full of life’ Shyama Perera, author of I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
‘A genuinely moving novel...like the bottled spices that play such a role in the story, this has all its ingredients in just the right quantities to spirit away all negative emotions.’ Daily Express
‘A luscious book, made lush with spices. Kindnesses and friendships abound, but so do hardships and hard knocks’ Oxford Times
‘She writes evocatively about childhood and there are passages of tight and lyrical immediacy...Moving description packs a powerful punch in this book about family, forgiveness and the power of truth.’ Guardian
‘A carefully woven tale that’s exceedingly good’ Company
‘A dynamic author.’ Good Housekeeping
‘A sensuous and poignant novel...enchanting.’ Sainsbury’s magazine
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