Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

619b9Si88yL._SY346_You knew I would read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal since Reese Witherspoon chose it for her book club last month. It’s the story of Nikki who disappoints her parents by dropping out of law school to tend bar. She moves out of the house and ends up teaching a creative writing course at the community center in the Punjabi neighborhood from which she has previously distanced herself. The widows who sign up to learn English end up telling erotic stories instead. There’s a mystery to solve in the middle of the story as well. I like this book, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It was definitely a good story (and even racy), but it got bogged down in the middle through about 50 pages before the end and I can’t say that I loved it overall. Others might disagree and I could have been distracted more than usual this week, but I only give it partial praise.
three-and-a-half-stars

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