Book: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal
This is my 45th read for the year
This is the story of Nikki. A young woman who left law school and started working at a pub. Her parents were so disappointed in her choice to leave school to work at a local pub. After her father's death, her sister tells her that her mother is going to need more financial support, so Nikki takes a job teaching creative writing at a local community center in a close knit Punjabi community. Nikki, who has tried hard to make herself more Western in her London home, and distance herself from her Sikh past, suddenly finds herself teachers Punjabi Widows and women how to write. The women were told this class would teach them basic literacy and so Nikki sets out to teach them the basics. One day one of the women finds a book of sexy stories and the class takes on a whole new meaning for Nikki and the students. What develops are friendships and laughter and Nikki discovers that under their dupattas are women who have passions and desires. The women and Nikki must keep the class a secret from the more conservative people of the community, espeically the men. But words spreads quickly in this community and soon the class is overrun by Punjabi women all wanting to share their stories and learn to write for themselves.
This was a fun book. I listened to it after a recommendation from a friend that it would make a great audiobook and she was correct. I think that is what made this book for me. Hearing the voices of these women and some of the more hilarious lines were made best by listening to the reader. I liked Nikki and the other women in the class and enjoyed listening to their banter and heartfelt stories as the book progressed. Warning: the book has some sexually explicit material that is used as a catalyst for empowering women. This is not my normal type of book. I steer clear from the overly sexualized books. However - these stories were a minor part of the book and there to tell a larger one, so they didn't bother me.
I would say if you decide to check this out, make it the audio. You won't regret it.