A dark coming-of-age tale: Book review of Hirsh Sawhney’s South Haven


By Pradhuman Sodha 

havenTo read a story of an Indian family that had achieved the American dream, settled down in USA, can be insightful, and could even inspire and encourage people with similar goals. But more often than not the tales of Indian expatriates or their descendants’ fail to capture the imagination of Indian readers, who are often the prime target audience of this genre.

The reasons are numerous. One of them could be that readers find that the American dream is not all that it’s cracked up to be. This sense of disappointment is carried through the book by all characters, it seems. It is one way the writer brings out the darkness and tragedy of circumstances that shapes the childhood of the protagonist Siddharth.

The events of the book starts with the children losing their mother, the man losing his wife and the house losing its woman. Unlike most novels, things might not change for the better as many readers might expect. The climax, however, doesn’t lose steam and the reader will feel quite satisfied at the end. Read more

Source: Hindustan Times