"The imaginary Indian coastal island of Pi, where Ganesan has set her previous fiction, works beautifully as the setting for this East Asian homage to "To the Lighthouse", both the nostalgic recreation of a lost perfect moment and an exploration into Woolf's 'thousand shapes of love.' The novel is masterful at exploring the difficulty of cultural identity and integration. There's also a bit of magical realism in the shape of a
ghost. But ultimately, this is a novel about the many permutations of both love and
family. . . . The characters' genuine charm and the girlish, witty energy of the storytelling are irresistible."--"Kirkus" starred review
"This sweet, sun-drenched, lovely book is the perfect antidote to a long, gray winter."--Kate Tuttle, "The Boston Globe"
"Whether she is describing verdant, lush Pi or bustling, crowded London, Ganesan brings two worlds, and [the protagonist's] conflicted feelings about each of them, to vibrant life."--Kristine Huntley, "Booklist"
"Beautifully crafted . . . A young woman living on a lush island in the Indian Ocean is torn between modern ways and her elders' beliefs."--"People Magazine"
"Ms. Ganesan is one of several female novelists from India who trace the trajectories of middle-class Indians as they move between their own country and America or Britain. (Others include Jhumpa Lahiri and Sunetra Gupta.) This experience gives the writer and her characters critical distance from both India and the West, and nurtures clear-sightedness and irony, nurtures, in fact, the novel of manners. The considerable appeal of "As Sweet as Honey" is that East and West, romance and novel, coexist so enticingly."--Claire Hopley, "The Washington Times "show more