Book Review: Intriguing Women: Stories by Lakshmi Raj Sharma

The Paris Press (February 27, 2016)

Intriguing women

I always find it interesting when a man writes a story, whether it is non fiction or fiction about women.  This book does present many stories about women, but they are from the the male perspectives.  The stories were good and I did enjoy the stories, but they weren’t exclusively about women.  Just how women were trying to find their role based on their position in society.

In one story, a young Muslim writer stirs things up when he rents a room from an English couple with two eligible daughters. In another, the daughter of a woman who was murdered by her husband discovers the identity of her real father.  A middle class Indian clerk wants his daughter to be a successful musician while her mother pushes her to marry. The stories are intimate glimpses into the characters’ lives, exposing nuanced gender issues shared by the cultures of Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. They tread on slippery ground, experimenting with different ways to balance traditional values, ethics and morals with modern expectations. Though the stories explore themes of war, murder, deception and infidelity, 

The multifaceted  characters are capable of making their own decisions, whether good or bad, without being influenced by society at large.  There are many twists and turns, secrets, and shocking revelations in the stories.   

This book/ARC was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and objective review of the book

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