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The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
The Age of Shiva is narrated by Meera, a 17-year-old girl when the novel begins in a newly independent India in the 1950s. She's aroused by her older sister's suitor, an aspiring pop singer named Dev, and manages to snatch him away for herself. Wanting to escape her overbearing father, Meera marries Dev, and finds she's made a mistake. She lives with Dev's family, whom are poorer and a lower class than her family, as well as more religious. Forced to be subservient to Dev, whose drinking inhibits any career he might have, Meera is forced to turn to her father for help. The birth of her son provides a conduit for all her dreams and aspirations of the life she wished she'd have lived. The Age of Shiva has received mostly positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "With Meera, Suri displays a complex understanding of the kind of emotional struggle only a mother can face. Behind Suri's crystalline portrait of Meera and her family is the hazy but optimistic vision of an India learning to cope with independence."