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Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, a family learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths.

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Good Housekeeping July Book Club Pick  ●  Emily Giffin July Book Club Pick  ●  Spines & Vines Book Club Pick  ●  Brown Girl Therapy Book Club Pick

"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

"The narrative is thoroughly propulsive, and Dave writes intelligently about the universality of shame, disappointment, and living to please others."  Publisher's Weekly

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Saumya Dave is a writer, psychiatrist, and mental health advocate. She's the author of two novels, Well-Behaved Indian Women and What a Happy Family. Well-Behaved Indian Women was selected as the "summer's fix" by the New York Times Book Review and optioned for a television series by CBS Studios. What a Happy Family was the July GoodHousekeeping Magazine book club pick. Her novels have been also been featured in Marie Claire, Elle, PopSugar, and others. 


Saumya is a frequent contributor to NBC News, where she discusses a variety of mental health topics. Her essays, articles, and poetry have been in The New York Times, ABC News, Refinery 29, and more. She is a practicing psychiatrist, 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. 

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