A generous, glorious tale full of heart and passion about a classroom of women and their earthy stories.
An enchanting story with real strength, oodles of charm, warmth and laughter. When Nikki starts a teaching job at a temple, she discovers a class of widows full of earthy tales. Her unauthorised story time with the women brings unwanted attention and danger into their lives. Balli Kaur Jaswal writes with a beautiful balance, humour walks alongside menace, while challenging preconceived ideas. I felt as though a door was opened, allowing more than a glimpse into the lives of these Punajbi women. I met them, grew to love them, laughed, celebrated, cried with them. The eye-opening colour and wit of the stories within the story highlight the fear and resignation they feel. With a real sense of community, yet not shying away from darker and more sinister topics, I flew through this novel on rollercoaster rails of emotion. ‘Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows’ is a fiercely alive and resilient tale with real heart and passion, I adored it.
Hilarious and heartwarming, an east-meets-west novel for fans of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul Every woman has a secret life...When Nikki takes a creative writing job at her local temple, with visions of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, she's shocked to discover a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals. Yet to her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty - these are women who have spent their lives in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands; being dutiful, raising children and going to temple, but whose inner lives are as rich and fruitful as their untold stories. But as they begin to open up to each other about womanhood, sexuality, and the dark secrets within the community, Nikki realises that the illicit nature of the class may place them all in danger. East meets west and tradition clashes with modernity in a thought-provoking cross-cultural novel that might make you look again at the women in your life...
|Publication date:||7th September 2017|
|Author:||Balli Kaur Jaswal|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Collections:||80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
Closing date: 10/12/2021
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'Big-hearted, earthy and funny: turns so many preconceptions upside down and opens up a world that so many of us have only glimpsed. A rattlingly good story'
Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
'Compulsive, funny and wonderfully original - this novel glows with witty sensuality. I love it '
Helen Lederer, Losing It
'Poignant, intelligent yet wickedly funny - a delightful read that reignites one's belief in the power of sisterhood'
Balli Kaur Jaswal was born in Singapore and has lived all around the world, including Australia, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Turkey, the US and the UK, where she was a writer in residence at UEA. Her novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, was inspired by the time she spent in Southall. She now lives in Singapore. Author photo © Susan Gordon-BrownMore About Balli Kaur Jaswal