From a compelling new voice in women's fiction comes a mother-daughter story about three generations of women who struggle to define themselves as they pursue their dreams.

Simran Mehta has always felt harshly judged by her mother, Nandini, especially when it comes to her little "writing hobby." But when a charismatic and highly respected journalist careens into Simran's life, she begins to question not only her future as a psychologist, but her engagement to her high school sweetheart.

Nandini Mehta has strived to create an easy life for her children in America. From dealing with her husband's demanding family to the casual racism of her patients, everything Nandini has endured has been for her children's sake. It isn’t until an old colleague makes her a life-changing offer that Nandini realizes she's spent so much time focusing on being the Perfect Indian Woman, she’s let herself slip away.

Mimi Kadakia failed her daughter, Nandini, in ways she'll never be able to fix­—or forget. But with her granddaughter, she has the chance to be supportive and offer help when it's needed. As life begins to pull Nandini and Simran apart, Mimi is determined to be the bridge that keeps them connected, even as she carries her own secret burden.

Praise for Well-Behaved Indian Women

"This summer’s fix...For each of her characters, Dave choreographs a dance of approach and retreat, evasion and deception...The family dynamics are familiar in the best way, reminding you that you’re not alone with whatever soft-shoe you’re performing beneath your own family tree." New York Times Book Review

 

"A lovely story that both soothes and challenges...[it] never shies away from the tension at its root​." ELLE

"A compelling and complicated family story filled with secrets, assumptions, and growth through communication, Dave’s debut renders these women’s lives realistically, with stumbles and corrections as they go along. This is a good fit for readers who like layered stories of women’s lives, complex social structures, and families finding balance between tradition and progressiveness." Booklist, Starred Review

"A poignant, character-driven story of love and courage, and an enlightening examination of assimilation and its pitfallsBuzzfeed Books

"A universal tale, Dave’s writing is witty, poetic, and reflective." Ms. Magazine

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