Surrey author Raminder Sidhu interweaves the stories of generations of Canadian Punjabi Sikh women in Vancouver’s Little India from 1976 to 2012 in a single novel. Her book brings to light the atrocious abuses experienced and the crushing sacrifices made by these women. Serving your husband unconditionally and giving birth to boys are the primary purpose of a woman’s life. Many of the characters fight to attain a new position for themselves whether through education, marrying someone of their own choosing, or turning their back on religion and the cultural expectations of their families. I was moved by the stories, horrified by the violence, and intrigued by the friendships between these women. (submitted by MS)
Meet Raminder Sidhu in person at Authors Among Us: “Home – then and now: Created, constructed, adopted” on Wednesday, December 4, 7-8:30 pm at Guildford Library. Call 604-598-7366 to register.