Other Waters: Book summary and reviews of Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage

Other Waters

A Novel

by Eleni N. Gage

Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2012
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Maya is an accomplished psychiatry resident with a terrific boyfriend, loving family, and bustling New York social life. When her grandmother dies in India, a family squabble over property results in a curse that drifts across continents and threatens Maya's life. Or so her father says - Maya (being a modern woman, an American, and a doctor, for goodness' sake) doesn't believe in curses, Brahman, or otherwise.

But when her father suffers a heart attack, her sister miscarries, and her career and relationship both start to falter, Maya starts to worry. A trip back to India with her best friend Heidi, Maya reasons, will be just what's needed to remove the curse, save her family, and to put her own life back in order. Thus begins a journey into Maya's parallel world - an India filled with loving and annoying relatives, vivid colors, and superstitious customs - a cross-cultural, transcontinental search to for a chance to find real love.

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"Gage beautifully describes the waters that evoke the transformative moments of Maya's journey. Yet Parvati, the curse-caster, remains mysteriously underdeveloped. A lovely read, but a missed opportunity to delve deeply into the superstitions that still lurk in our modern minds." - Kirkus Reviews

"[Gage] resists giving Maya easy resolutions to her problems and finds her novel's heart in the relationship between Maya and Heidi." - Publishers Weekly

"The best novels are those that invite you into an utterly believable world of entirely authentic people in situations about which you care instantly. Gage's beguiling narrative talent is in splendid evidence in Other Waters, making this fiction debut one of those enthralling novels." - Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women,Triangle, and The Memory of All That

"Writing with rich, elegant detail, Eleni N. Gage proves herself an expert and insightful chronicler of both the new India, and of the women whose hearts and minds are caught in the transition." – Samuel Park author of This Burns My Heart

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Eleni N. Gage writes regularly for InStyle, Real Simple, Travel+Leisure, and Elle, among others, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, and Parade. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's MFA Program, Eleni now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband. Visit her online at www.elenigage.com.

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