All the Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser #BookReview @NilluNasser


 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Sometimes we can’t escape the webs we are born into. Sometimes we are the architects of our own fall.

Akash Choudry wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. Still, under the weight of parental hopes, he agrees to one. He and Jaya marry in a cloud of colour and spice in Bombay. Their marriage has barely begun when Akash embarks on an affair.

Jaya can’t contemplate sharing her husband with another woman, or looking past his indiscretions as her mother suggests. Cornered by sexual politics, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.

Nothing endures fire. As shards of their past threaten their future, will Jaya ever bloom into the woman she can be, and will redemption be within Akash’s reach?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Literary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
> Contemporary Fiction > Literary
> Contemporary Fiction > Women’s Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 319 pages
Release date: 2017-11-06

 

Teaser


Jaya’s vision blurred with tears. She couldn’t fight herself as well as her mother. She picked out a spot on the pale hospital wall and willed herself to be stronger.

“Why didn’t you listen to me? You can’t fight tradition. Women like us just don’t.”

“Then who else, Maa? Wait, you wanted me to roll over, just continue the charade.” Bitterness reached out, unchecked and violent, like a physical blow.

“Did you really expect to change anything? All you have done is bring shame on us. Your husband is gone. Has he visited you here? How are we expected to afford the bills, Jaya?”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jaya and Akash, brought together in an arranged marriage. Jaya does not feel loved and – finds out that Akash is having an affair.

With All the Tomorrows, Nillu Nasser has created a remarkable, well elaborated story – one plot line focussing on Jaya, one on Akash. It was easy to get into the story; the author guides you through the Indian setting while tenderly taking you closer to the characters and their lives. Jaya and Akash become very complex, likeable; their family members and friends are of sufficient depth. Nillu Nasser created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on traditions. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying the main characters and their feelings; it comprises some interesting turns, and has a great flow.

This is a book for you if you like stories with a meaning, as well as carefully elaborated plots with memorable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

Nillu Nasser is a writer of literary fiction novels. She also blogs, writes short fiction and poetry.

Nillu’s short story ‘Painted Truths and Prayer Beads’ was published in May 2016 in Mosaics 2: A Collection of Independent Women. Another short story ‘The Tombstone Man and the Coming of the Tigress’ was published in June 2016 in UnCommon Origins, an anthology of short fiction. In 2017, ‘Tombstone Man’ reappeared in UnCommonly Good.

Nillu has a BA in English and German Literature and an MA in European Politics. After graduating she worked in national and regional politics, but eventually reverted to her first love.

She lives in London with her husband, three children, one angelic and one demonic cat, though she secretly yearns for a dog. If you fly into Gatwick and look hard enough, you will see her furiously scribbling in her garden office, where she is working on her next story.

To find out more about Nillu and get the juice on her latest books, read her blog or sign up for her newsletter at www.nillunasser.com.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about All the Tomorrows?  Or – if you did not yet read All the Tomorrows – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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