Born Confused

This writer knows just how to tell a good story. This is plainly and simply a wonderful book – no qualifications on this. The story centres on the life of Dimple Rohitbhai Lala, the American-born daughter of Indian parents living in New Jersey. Her best friend is Gwyn Sexton, white, blonde and Dimple’s role model as the story begins. It is a coming-of-age story, and we follow the two girls as they deal with their individual lives and their shared adventures. Dimple comes out from behind Gwyn’s shadow and finds her own path between her American life and her ethnic heritage.

What is remarkable about this book is not just that the author has managed to write a captivating story, with credible characters and a strong narrative, but that she has managed to write it so very well. The entire narrative is woven in the most wonderful language which at times can be just breathtaking: ‘Then he told me a story and it was a beautiful story. He whispered tiny breezes into my ear, a current and an undertow.’ I found myself listening out for these tiny breezes throughout the book and was completely captivated by the power of both the language and the story. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.