Good Booklist review! Yay! V. mild spoilers. Also, here's the new cover -- I'm not sure y'all saw it, since Bob just linked it in the comments to an earlier entry.
Mohanraj, born in Sri Lanka and educated in the U.S., portrays two Sri Lankan families woven together for several generations by bonds of friendship, marriage, and unsanctioned love affairs. Some emigrate to America or England to complete their education at Oxford, Harvard, or the University of Chicago, the setting of several stories. A few marry whites, some marry other Sri Lankan immigrants, and some return home for traditional arranged marriages, returning to the U.S. to raise their families. Mohanraj perceptively limns her characters with a delicate brush, bringing them slowly to life until the reader knows them well. The brilliant Shanthi, who has six girls in rapid succession and ends up teaching high-school physics in Chicago; her youngest daughter, Lakshmi, whose diary pulls the reader into her whirlpool of abuse and loneliness; Vivek, who thinks he married a traditional woman but learns she can't cook and doesn't want children -- all come alive in these thoughtful stories of the clash of tradition and modernity, and the search for love in all its various guises.
According to my agent and publicist, this is a pretty important trade review, and should be up on Amazon soon. So I'm pleased and relieved.