For a long time I had felt compelled to write a story about the challenges and triumphs of second-generation immigrants and their interesting, sometimes twisted lives. Besides, my husband and I have raised a daughter in this American culture, and observed her dealing with the trials and tribulations of fitting into two diverse cultures in her youth. Today, as a successful professional, wife, and mother of two, she often recalls her experiences as a teenager and young adult daughter of parents who came from India to the United States in the 1970s to follow their American dream.
Most young men and women whose families have settled in the U.S. for generations are unaware of the unique cultural conflicts of their immigrant counterparts. This story brings to light some of those experiences and provides readers a rare glimpse into a world that can be fulfilling yet painful, colorful yet drab.
By its very nature arranged marriage is an intriguing and sometimes controversial topic that can trigger interesting debates. The subject matter is great fodder for a juicy storyline and therefore ideal for book clubs and women’s fiction with romantic elements.
The Full Moon Bride explores this fascinating topic of arranged marriage, while young Indian-American attorney Soorya Giri navigates the turbulent gulf between desire and tradition. She has all the spirit and independence of an American woman and yet suffers from the inadequacies of not being able to fit into the youth and beauty oriented American society, especially when it comes to love and romance.
Convinced that she is unattractive, because she has been rejected by several suitors in old-fashioned bride viewings arranged by her parents, Soorya is justifiably unnerved by the sudden attentions of two handsome men. Her immediate reaction is bitter and defensive, nearly ruining her chances for a happy future. But the suitors prove to be more tenacious and slick than she bargained for. Both are perfect foils for her prickly reserve. So which one will she choose?
About the author: Besides authoring five novels, Shobhan Bantwal is a freelance writer and award-winning fiction writer featured in publications such as The Writer, India Abroad, Little India, India Currents and New Woman India. She regularly donates a portion of her book earnings to women’s charities. For information on her books, contests, events, recipes, photos, contact, and favorite charities, visit her website at www.shobhanbantwal.com or her facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShobhanBantwal.author