A couple months back, while browsing around a local bookstore, I happened to stumble upon a book, entitled “Desirable Daughters,” by Bharati Mukherjee. The storyline caught my attention, so I finally got around to reading the entire book. It is a fictional story of the main character–and narrator–Tara Chatterjee. Tara is in her mid-thirties, divorced from her husband from an arranged marriage, and residing in San Francisco with her only son. Although she is adjusted to her current life in California, Tara continues to struggle with moving on from past traditions of her life in India that she’d left behind.
Tara fears that she and her son are in danger when a young man, named Christopher Dey, comes into her life, claiming to be the estranged son of one of her sisters. Because there is no relevant evidence to prove it, Tara considers different sources, but comes up empty-handed. Her sisters are of no help, leaving Tara in fear for her and her son’s life. Eventually, she turns to her ex-husband for comfort, all the while trying to get answers from her sisters.
Although this book is very well-written, in my opinion, the story was a little too detailed. Tara’s narration was decent, with a bit of humor, as well. However, the character development could have been better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really grasp the ending of the story, either.
I’m not suggesting that you not read it. In fact, I recommend that you read it because of the storyline. As I’ve mentioned, it is well-written. However, the story should have focused more on the plot.