You Bring the Distant Near
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You Bring the Distant Near

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A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with five starred reviews!
One of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2017!
One of The New York City Public Librariy's Notable 50 Best Books for Teens!

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 146 x 217 x 28mm | 404g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374304904
  • 9780374304904
  • 193,831

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"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." --Booklist starred review

..". an unforgettable novel... Perkins's vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one's own path." --PW starred review

"This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." --SLJ starred review

..".an ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." --The Horn Book starred review

..".features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant." --Kirkus

"The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots." --BCCB
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About Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins has written novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book) and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Tiger Boy is a Junior Library Guild selection. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. She currently resides in San Francisco, where she is a lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California.
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Rating details

1,597 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 32% (505)
4 47% (747)
3 17% (279)
2 4% (62)
1 0% (4)
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