Author(s): Balli Kaur Jaswal
Hilarious and heartwarming, an east-meets-west novel for fans of THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL Every woman has a secret life...With visions of emancipating the women of the Sikh community she left behind as a self-important teenager, Nikki is shocked to find her creative writing class is a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals of liberation. 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. 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 modernism in a thought-provoking cross-cultural novel that might make you look again at the women in your life...
'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' June Sarpong
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.