I'm so excited to announce that Jyotsna Sreenivasan, author of the debut novel And Laughter Fell from the Sky, will be joining Book Club Girl on Air on Wednesday, July 18th at 7 pm ET! Sreenivasan drew inspiration for her novel from Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, and Laura Dave, author of The First Husband, has praised the book, saying it's "a moving love story that is both traditional and modern, surprising and deeply comforting--it's not only about finding love, but about finding a way to be true to ourselves."
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. Abhay loves Rasika, but he knows her family would never approve. Rasika reluctantly accepts she has feelings for Abhay, but can she turn her back on the family rules she has always tried so hard to live by? The search to find answers takes Abhay and Rasika out of their native Ohio to Oregon and India, where they find that what they have together might just be something worth fighting for.
I have 10 copies of And Laughter Fell from the Sky to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they can participate in the show on Wednesday, July 18th at 7pm ET. Set your reminder for the show, browse inside the novel, and check out the reading group guide. For more with Jyotsna, visit her website, become a fan on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.