Sunday, May 29, 2016

Appetite by Sheila Grinnell

by Sheila Grinnell

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Just released: May 17, 2016
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Women's Fiction
Paperback: 328 pages
Rating: 3

First sentence(s):
There are two kinds of people in this world, Maggie Adler thought, those who eat when anxious and those who can't.

When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home―who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter―while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life.

In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work―one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?

My two-bits:

While I found the premise of this story interesting, I did not connect with any of the characters to care while reading. So, it was an okay kind of read for me.

The story is told from the viewpoints of two characters, Maggie and her husband, Paul. Each have their drama dilemmas apart from each other and the main one (regarding their daughter), but none really captured my interest.

However, it was good to see some character growth with Maggie towards the end with her willingness to get to know her daughter's life in India.

Got me thinking of being an in-law and what feelings I might have when/if that time comes for me.

About the author:
Born in a taxi in Manhattan, Sheila Grinell studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Towards the end of her forty-year career as a creator of science museums, she began to write fiction.

Appetite is her debut novel. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and dog.


* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge (here)

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