Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, a family learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths.
"Dave renders the Joshi family with such warmth and tenderness — yet never shies away from the complicated truths. A full, big-hearted novel." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising
"Dave is quickly becoming a go-to author for complex stories of love, relationships and family, all told with her now trademark humor and heart." —Allison Winn Scotch, bestselling author of Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing
"[It] captures the tenderness of first and second-generation immigrant family life, while providing an empathetic portrait of generational trauma and its impact on mental health." —Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Hana Khan Carries On
"The narrative is thoroughly propulsive, and Dave writes intelligently about the universality of shame, disappointment, and living to please others." —Publisher's Weekly
Saumya Dave is a writer, psychiatrist, and mental health advocate. Her second novel, What a Happy Family, will be released in June 2021 and follows her debut, Well-Behaved Indian Women. Saumya's essays, articles, and poetry have been featured in The New York Times, ABC News, Refinery 29, and more. She is a practicing therapist, co-founder of the mental health nonprofit thisisforHER, and an Adjunct Professor at Mount Sinai. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.