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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Relationship Stories   Family Drama   Literary Fiction   
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Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted.

Nikki is a modern girl living in London who is determined to live life on her own terms. She’s also Punjabi. Her mother hasn’t quite forgiven her for dropping out of law school, or selfishly moving from the family home to work in a pub outside of their community. Sister Mindi, to her horror, wants an arranged marriage and Nikki has never felt more alienated from her family and the traditional values they embrace. When she begins teaching a creative writing class for Punjabi widows, Nikki is surprised by the strength and passion that lies within the women and the secrets they hold. Before long stories begin to emerge. They are good, full of erotic description and give the women a platform to be heard for the first time in their lives. Before long the stories are being shared outside the classroom.

However, something darker lies beneath the revered community and its traditions, something that brings danger to this group of women who wish for nothing more than to express themselves and move away from the shadows. A deeper truth is soon exposed, a truth that will send shockwaves throughout the community, bringing danger to both Nikki and the group. A great read filled with memorable characters and their stories. ~ Shelley Fallows

Reader Reviews

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  • Pearl Wilson - 'Addictive, funny yet serious undertones which will have you thinking about this book long after the last page is reached.  A brilliant read throughout.'
  • Sharon Wood - 'I enjoyed the book a great deal and was interested to learn about the Punjabi traditions and their experience of life in an often unwelcoming Britain.'
  • Farah Alam - 'The book was very interesting and really highlighted the importance of allowing a women to embrace independence is whatever way she wants to regardless of cultural norms suggesting otherwise.'
  • Katie Young - 'A fun East meets West novel with some real laugh out loud moments.'
  • Deborah Mika - 'What a fascinating and enjoyable read...I loved this book and if you don't mind the odd erotic story then this book is definitely worth reading.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Words cannot describe how much I loved this book...As tradition meets modern and East meets West, you will meet the widows and you will hope there will be a second book about the Punjabi Widows.
  • Donna Smith - 'A great story of Punjabi widows in the west.  These woman still have thoughts, feelings and desires despite being widowed.'
  • Alison Battye - 'Titillating, but not captivating, thought-provoking, but not fascinating.  Altogether a bit unsatisfying...'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story was beautiful and tragic and I loved the authors writing style, these characters came alive for me and I could picture their comraderie and fun as a group of women talking and sharing their dreams and lives. A wonderful story!'
  • Daran - 'This book was a totally different genre for me, however I found this very unique, informative, erotic Oh! and a great story.'

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Synopsis

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

`Big-hearted, earthy and funny... A rattlingly good story' Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 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...

Reviews

`Big-hearted, earthy and funny: turns so many preconceptions upside down. A rattlingly good story Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

`Warm and hilariously funny' Good Housekeeping

`Charming, hilarious and thoughtful' The Pool

`Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows balances darkness and light, social commentary and ecstatic escapism... funny and moving tale of desire and its discontents' The Economist

`Sensual, authentic and hilarious, I will never look at an aubergine in the same way again - 5 stars' The Sun

`Enlightening and entertaining' Woman & Home

`A dark comedy... about empowerment and friendship' Tatler

`A page turner... Tackles serious themes with a light and funny touch' Glamour

`Funny yet serious, this is a fab book about women, culture and secrets' Prima

`By turns erotic, romantic, and mysterious, this tale of women defying patriarchal strictures enchants
Kirkus Reviews

`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' June Sarpong

About the Author

Balli Kaur Jaswal

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-Brown

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Book Info

Publication date

7th September 2017

Author

Balli Kaur Jaswal

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Family Drama
Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780008209919

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