Author: Sethi, Robbie Clipper
Publisher: Bridge Works Publishing Company
Year Published: 1996
Subcategory: Fiction / Romance / General
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: The Bride Wore Red is a collection of short stories about an extended Indian family in the United Statesâ€”cousins from New Delhi who marry European-Americans, and parents who come to live with them in suburban New Jersey and California. The stories are interconnected, providing the cumulative satisfactions of a novel.
The stories are about love and conflict in cross-cultural marriage. They also are about a universal immigrant experience: loyalty to heritage versus the desire to be part of oneâ€™s new land.
The book begins with the first mixed marriage in the familyâ€”Deshi and Sallyâ€”in New Delhi. They establish their home in the United States. Deshiâ€™s cousins also come to America and throw off the custom of arranged marriage, Hermeet marrying Goodie, a Scandinavian-American, and Surinder marrying Grace. The Bride Wore Red follows these three marriages for three decades, from the late 1960s to the present, as the characters confront the often amusing, often poignant nuances of cross-cultural family life.
Robbie Sethi writes wittily and movingly of Anglo-Indian marriage, customs with a life of their own, and the way East meets West. But in many respects the stories could be of unions of African-Americans and whites, Jews and Gentiles, or Hispanic or European immigrants and Anglo-Americans. All come by different cultural paths to face similar issues of identity and of love and marriage.
In Store Location: Bookcase 28 - Memoirs,