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Title:
Don't let him know : a novel in stories
Author:
Roy, Sandip, author.
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Edition:
First U.S. edition
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.

©2015
Physical Description:
246 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades letter, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes.
General Note:
First published in Great Britain in 2015.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781620408988
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Book

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In a boxy apartment building in an Illinois university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she accidentally opens the wrong letter, it changes her life. Decades letter, her son Amit finds that letter and thinks he has discovered his mother's secret. But secrets have their own secrets sometimes.

Amit does not know that Avinash, his dependable and devoted father, has been timidly visiting gay chat rooms, driven by the lifelong desires he never allowed himself to indulge. Avinash, for his part, doesn't understand what his dutiful wife gave up in marrying him--the memories of romance she keeps tucked away.

Growing up in Calcutta, in a house bustling with feisty grandmothers, Amit has been shielded from his parents' secrets. Now he's a successful computer engineer, settled in San Franscisco yet torn between his new life and his duties to the one he left behind.

Moving from adolescent rooftop games to adult encounters in gay bars, from hair salons in Calcutta to McDonald's drive-thrus in California, Don't Let Him Know is an unforgettable story about family and the sacrifices we make for those we love. Tender, funny, and beautifully told, it marks the arrival of a resonant new voice.


Author Notes

Sandip Roy is Senior Editor at the popular news portal Firstpost.com and blogs for the Huffington Post . He has been a longtime commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, the most listened-to radio programme in the US, and has a weekly radio postcard for public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an editor with New America Media. Sandip has won several awards for journalism and contributed to various anthologies including Storywallah! , Contours of the Heart , Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India , Out! Stories from the New Queer India , New California Writing 2011 and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India . Sandip lives in Kolkata.@sandipr


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This poignant, resonant first novel stands assuredly with one foot in the author's native India, with which he is, of course, intimately familiar, and with the other foot in small-college-town America, with which he also appears to have firsthand experience. Told in 12 discrete chapters, each having the integrity of a short story, Roy's quiet but piercing tale of immigrant domestic life specifically, the movement between India and the U.S. by well-heeled Indians seeking good education and rewarding employment begins with a newly discovered family secret. Romola is the family matriarch, and during a visit to her son, Amit, who lives in California with his wife and son, she is confronted by a loose page of a letter she thought long hidden, written by a family friend, which Amit had found among a trove of items he'd brought back from India after his father's death. From this portion of the letter, it's obvious that a man who was a friend of Amit's father was distressed to learn of the addressee's impending nuptials; apparently, this person and the person to whom it was addressed had a relationship and an understanding of commitment. Amit believes the person being written to was his mother, but what Romola doesn't divulge is that the letter actually was from a male friend of her husband, with whom he had had a sexual relationship. The following chapters fill in, like vivid mosaics, Romola's and her husband's pasts as they both strive for self-identity within tradition-bound India and, as college students in southern Illinois, within the boundless overwhelmingly so parameters of life in America. Roy's is a warm, articulate voice speaking authentically about family influence on how we carry out our own lives.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

This debut novel follows a closeted husband and father, an unfulfilled mother, and a son who doesn't know his parents as they journey back and forth between India and the United States. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.