You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Near

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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. Fans of Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also a Star will find a lot to love in this literary tour de force.

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, 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
  • 534,219

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A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year
South Asia Book Award Winner
2018 White Ravens Award Winner
A Louisiana Readers' Choice Award Nominee

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. --Publishers Weekly starred review

This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections. --School Library Journal 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. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

With wisdom and wit, You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors. --Shelf Awareness starred review
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About Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins has written nine novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book) and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). 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. mitaliperkins.com
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