Rao made a brave, important choice to focus her work on women, and in many ways, this risk paid off.
Cat and Nat keep it real about the impossibility of motherhood perfection, but they do so with a lot of sensitivity.
We are terrified of being meaningless cogs in a machine that is actively destroying the world. But as Hank so eloquently shows, fame is not the answer to these problems.
As a Gemini, I'm used to being pegged as a two-faced bitch, which isn't exactly incorrect, it just lacks any and all nuance. The Astro Poets bring that nuance back.
Fiction about women supporting women? A cast of characters that is almost entirely POC? Nuanced discussion of international adoption and the trauma of assimilation? Yes please.
My first thought when I finally bought the book was “Oh yeah, this is gonna fuck me up.”
Adult Fantasy reads like a series of letters from your smartest friend, which is just objectively enjoyable to read.
Funny in Farsi offers funny but genuine insights on immigration, womanhood, education, cultural disparities, cultural universalities, and domestic life as both a daughter and a wife and mother.
Going to college has changed immensely in the last 10-15 years, and writers from older generations are, frankly, unequipped to represent it in a genuine way. Alice Oseman is a Millennial herself, and has experienced the unique pressures that come along with higher education nowadays, and her expertise on the subject shows.
I would have appreciated this book if it was just a collection of stories about this particular family so rife with secrets, but Ng does more than that. The story itself in Everything I Never Told You is compelling in the way only real life can be.