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April 2019 Fiction: Young Adult

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You Bring the Distant Near
By (author): Mitali Perkins
9781250233868 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational Apr 02, 2019 Print Run: 40000
$12.99 CAD
Active 5.51 x 8.29 x 0.84 in 320 pages Square Fish
 
National Book Awards - Longlist 2017, Long-listed Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List 2018, Long-listed Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed School Library Best Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List 2017, Long-listed Northern California Book Award Master List 2018, Long-listed NYPL Books for the Teen Age 2017, Long-listed

A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title with six starred reviews
ASchool Library Journal'sBest Books of 2017
A New York City Public Library's Notable 50 Best Books for Teens
South Asia Book Award Winner

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations,You Bring the Distant Nearexplores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

Mitali Perkinshas written novels for young readers, includingRickshaw Girl(a NYPL Top 100 Book) andBamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel).Tiger Boy is a Junior Library Guild selection. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. She currently resides in San Francisco, where she is a lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California.

A 2017 National Book Award Longlist Title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
AShelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year
South Asia Book Award Winner

"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women." —Bookliststarred review

"... an unforgettable novel... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path." —Publishers Weeklystarred review

"This stunning book about immigration and cultural assimilation is a must-purchase for teen and new adult collections." —School Library Journalstarred review

"...an ambitious narrative that illuminates past and present, departure and reunion, women and family." —The Horn Bookstarred review

"...features inspiring South Asian girl and women protagonists grappling with love, faith, and culture, as well as the intersections among their personal, communal, and national histories...lushly drawn and emotionally resonant." —Kirkus

"The fully fleshed characters and complex family dynamics provide a vibrant background for exploration of multigenerational adaptation to a diverse America and of the familial and romantic love that nourishes their new roots." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"With wisdom and wit,You Bring the Distant Near illustrates the beauty in diversity. Perkins's striking imagery and deep, heartfelt insights illuminate the darkest corners of ignorance, providing a bright path to understanding and embracing differences in all their many splendors." —Shelf Awarenessstarred review

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