Nominated for the National Book Award.
Six starred reviews
School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year.
Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book of the Year.
Horn Book Fanfare List.
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.
New York City Public Library’s Notable 50 Best Book for Teens.
South Asia Book Award Winner.
Mississippi’s Magnolia Award Winner.
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. 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. 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, award-winning author Mitali 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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