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The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey

PBR Review I didn't read any this author's other works, but this book was a Reese Witherspoon pick and getting good reviews, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It's a cleverly plotted combination of mystery and historical fiction with a feisty, strong female at the helm. Perveen, is the first female lawyer in India and needless to say, has some battles to fight. I love books like this. They make me think but also make me appreciate the efforts of all the women who paved the way for today's woman. Looking back, I can't help but wonder why it takes so long to right a wrong and how such restrictions come about in the first place, they make no sense. In the background is 1920s India with lots of emphasis on the rights and role of women or perhaps I should say the lack thereof. Overall, this book is atmospheric and a nice light read that piques the reader's interest in female rights. Recommend.Back.
Talking Points: A story that showcases the cultural traditions of Bombay in the 1920s, especially the impact on women and their rights and role in society. Perveen is headstrong and feisty if you like strong female characters. The laws of the era do not favor women and there is a lot of information on the Muslim religion and the restriction it places on women. Topics such as seclusion of women during menstruation, arranged marriages, the education of women, laws that do not favor women and domestic abuse. Some present day battles are also echoed in this story. Bonus, the story is partially inspired by a real historical figure.
PBR Reader Comments:
A delightful light read that describes life in 1920s Bombay for an educated female. I loved learning about the culture and religion, but I especially enjoyed reading about the rights of women in this era.
by-Linda 2019/04/05, 03:57 AM

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