Genre: Realistic Fiction
Blue Jasmine is a story about twelve-year-old Seema Trivedi who learns that she and her family are moving to Iowa City from their small Indian town. It was Kashmira Sheth’s own experiences as a teenager that inspired her to write this novel because she too moved to America from India.
When Seema realizes that she will have to say goodbye to the purple-jeweled mango trees and sweet-smelling jasmine, and the most important person- her best friend and cousin, Raju… she is distraught. Everything is completely different in Iowa City, and Seema feels like an outsider to the language and traditions. As she starts getting adjusted, her confidence seems to grow day by day, and she learns that she can build a bridge between the two homes. With heart-rending scenes in the book, the author unearths the meaning of “home” and “family” in this tender debut novel.
I loved this book so much because I could connect to this book in such a personal level… because I went through the same stages and feelings when my family and I relocated to America from India. To me, it felt like the author was writing this to me directly and I just love how simple and concise this book is. It was a great read and I recommend it to everyone and anyone looking for a light read! 🙂
After reading this book I even had the great honour to meet this wonderful author, because incidentally, we lived in the same location. Kashmira Sheth is a very humble person and meeting her was a great pleasure for me. I am really glad to have had this opportunity and thankful that the author agreed to meet me!
Other books by Kashmira Sheth include: