Welcome to Color Online's second group book read. Today we are pleased to feature, Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. If you didn't already check out her WWOC feature here.
Adromeda at wrung sponge has a great review so for those who don't know the story, here's a brief introduction:
First sentence: "There is a man wearing a turban ringing our doorbell. I walk slowly up the driveway and stop a safe, short distance from him as he rings again."
That opening hooked me right in. The story is set post 9/11 in New Jersey. A major theme of the book is the backlash in American culture against anyone who looks in any way like an Arab or Middle Eastern person who might be a terrorist. The main character is third generation Indian American, raised with little connection to her family's Indian culture.
Now, here are a few questions to get things started.
What was the initial or biggest appeal of this book for you?
What did you know about Indian culture prior to reading this book?
Do you have any personal, social or work-related relationships with South Asians?
3/20 More questions:
Why do you think Sharan's brother and parents didn't try to reunite with her for many years?
When Uncle Sandeep meets the MacFadden family for the first time, there is tension. Why do you think Molly denies this tension at first?
Do you think Sam would have had an identity crisis if she had grown up knowing her relatives? Do you think Sam would have had an identity crisis if the terrorist attacks on 9/11 hadn't occurred?
Did you read about or experience incidents like what happened to Uncle Sandeep in your community? What was it like in your community after 9/11?
More later. Refer to the original post for additional questions and please reference the questions with your responses.