Is there a happy medium between Hindu tradition and American style, or does the battle of wills between a mother and daughter-in law for the love of the man caught in the middle trump all else? When Alice marries Ramesh, she is plunged into a battle of wills with her mother-in-law. Amma wreaks havoc over Alice's household until a family secret is revealed that costs the old woman everything. Now it is up to Alice to heal the rift. Shiva's Arms evolves into an exploration of cultural identity, the power of reconciliation, and the meaning of home. ***Bonus: Delicious recipes straight from the author's kitchen are included in the back of the book!***
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When Cheryl Snell married into a Hindu Brahmin family, she began to write seriously as a way to penetrate the protocol of another culture. Her novel, Shiva's Arms, and many of her poems, explore South Indian life. She agrees with Mr. Faulkner, who said, I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it. Snell has written five collections of poetry, Flower Half Blown, Epithalamion, Samsara, Multiverse, and Prisoner's Dilemma. She is a multiple Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee. She won the Lopside Press competition for Prisoner's Dilemma, a book of poetry inspired by game theory. Cheryl was Book Reviews Editor for Alsop Review. Shiva's Arms is her first novel. She lives in Maryland with her husband, P.S. Krishnaprasad.Review:
The issue of healing is timely. Today, merging cultures in our communities with ones so very different, has led to much turmoil. Shiva's Arms shows how the divisions among cultures can be healed. It demonstrates how each person has the obligation to 'work things out'. Shiva's Arms is an excellent example of how Americans can draw on the the strengths of our culture to help in healing the wounds present today. - --Andrea Schaerf, Program Director, APOLLO Resource Center
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Book Description Writers Lair, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 208 pages. 8.75x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0615340814