Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Nikki lives in West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community, preferring a more independent life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a 'creative writing' course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community. Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected, and exciting, kind.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062645128
Branch Call Number: JAS
Characteristics: 298 pages


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Jan 28, 2020

A modern Sikh woman in London teaches a class in writing and story-telling. The book is about many things - arranged marriage, being an immigrant, identity, honour killing, women's friendships - but it is also a love story and mystery. It was more layered than I had expected.

Dec 02, 2019

This book was a delight to read! I loved it!!

Oct 24, 2019

I stumbled onto this novel from the blog post on what GR employees would be reading for the Summer & what a delightful surprise! Of course, the titillating title caught my mischievous eye immediately; however, Balli delivers a story which is sublime and engrossing. I laughed uproariously for much of the book, while at other moments I desired to punch a hole through the patriarchal nonsense. And although I was savouring every page, I also wanted to swallow it whole because it was just so delicious! I learned a bit more about Sikh Culture and most importantly for me, I encountered Womyn reclaiming their Wisdom, Inalienable Rights, Playfulness, Creativity and Power. Indeed this was a succulent read for lazy, hazy days on the beach!

Tigard_LisaE Sep 25, 2019

Nikki has always distanced herself from the traditional Sikh community, much to her parents' chagrin. When she was young, she made some radical, unconventional choices: dropping out of college, moving out, taking a job at a pub, and taking up smoking. However, after a few years of bartending, Nikki's beginning to feel directionless, and she impulsively applies for a job as a creative writing teacher in London's Punjabi community. Arriving at work, she finds women, even more conservative than her mother, who believe they are there to learn to read and write English. However, it doesn't take long before these widows become bored with the ABCs. Before Nikki knows it, her class has evolved into a workshop for erotic stories, and the widows know how to turn a swoon-worthy phrase. There's great friendship, ominous figures, and an underlining murder mystery in this fun, fast-paced story.

STPL_JessH Sep 11, 2019

I listened to this audio book expecting a lighthearted romance; instead, I found a book full of depth, warmth, and life. Jaswal's work shows that simply sharing stories can help to create community, compassion, and connection.

Jul 26, 2019

LOVED this book! I read it for the reading women challenge. The challenge was to read a book featuring a religion other than your own. This book was fun, sad, and unique. It has a feminist overtone, and opens up room for discussion. Definitley pick this up!

mazinwhistler Jul 15, 2019

I picked this title up as it is this month's Book Club selection and I was hooked once I started it. A great read with an really interesting story line. The 'erotic' stories were unexpected (yes, I should have guessed it from the title!) but very well done. What hooked me in more than the stories was the mystery (there was a twist!), the sense of community and strong alliance between the women and enduring sense of resilience that they all possess!

Jul 13, 2019

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is one of our book-club picks for next year, and I look forward to the discussion. I loved the book, and as I read, found myself wondering "who could I give this to?" (I don't worry too much about dangling participles in my head.) So many threads woven expertly together -- immersion in a very different culture, insight into diaspora, mystery, thriller, family dynamics, racism, sexism, sex -- into a beautiful tapestry, with the scent of chai in the background.

Jun 25, 2019

Loved this book!! Jaswal did such an amazing job writing it, I felt immersed in the culture and felt like I could hear the widows as they spoke. The story started out light and funny, and ended up powerful in its message. I loved that it was centred around female protagonists. Such a great read! I highly recommend it! Definitely going to buy and reread again and again!

..p.s. there were some grammatical/spelling issues..

Jun 18, 2019

I loved this novel! We get to know multiple characters and really come to understand a beautiful community in London. I wish I had more to read -- when the book was over, I wanted to keep going. I came to feel so much love towards the widows and the protagonist. Not to mention that the novel discussed issues around gender equity and even had a bit of a thrill. I recommend to all!

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