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You Bring the Distant Near is a powerful multi-generational YA tale of the women of one Indian American family. The novel is rich in character development of all of the women, and it builds for a funny and emotional story of family, love, activism, cultural identity, and more. All five women captured my whole heart, and I think they will capture yours too.
- April— From You Bring the Distant Near (Staff Pick)
A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with six starred reviews
A School Library Journal's Best Books of 2017
A New York City Public Library's Notable 50 Best Books for Teens
South Asia Book Award Winner
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.
From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.
Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year
South Asia Book Award Winner
"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." —Booklist starred review
"... an unforgettable novel... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path." —Publishers Weekly starred review
"This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." —School Library Journal starred review
"...an ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." —The Horn Book starred review
"...features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant." —Kirkus
"The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With wisdom and wit, You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors." —Shelf Awareness starred review