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The Sleepwalker's Guide to DancingRücken Amina verzeiht sich das nicht verdingt sich fortan als Hochzeitsfotografin Als ihr Vater sterbenskrank wird muss sie sich ihrer bewegten Vergangenheit stellen einer Geschichte die in den er Jahren in. Rating 35The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is a tale of the Eapen family At the core is Amina the daughter telling her story Her father Thomas is ill and her mother Kamala convinces her to come home We also hear about her brother Akhil The story is told over many years alternating back and forth in time hearing the past and present stories of this family It also switches locales from New Mexico Seattle and India There are many family members and others that make appearances within the bookThomas is a brain surgeon who is having bizarre episodes where he talking to dead relatives Very detailed in depth conversions You hear the stories of these relatives and how they passed but you hear in great detail what is going on with Thomas It is uite the sad story but there is laughter also Kamala is funny calling everyone 'dummy' and just not really getting the American ways or slang When the story of the family from India is told I laughed so hard so many times But there is such sorrow too that at one point I almost criedI did have a few issues with this oneand perhaps this is just showing my age I listened to this one via audio which the author narrates She spoke very fast and it took me some time to get used to it I have a hard time with accents and must focus and it just seemed so fast that I was rewinding uite a bit initially Aminastarted driving me nuts with always answering uestions or statements when talking with others 'WHAT''wait WHAT' Constantly Again showing my age here I also think it could have been trimmed a bit Sometimes it was a bit long and ramblingAnyway a look at one Indian family but not so much Indian culture An interesting story that I'm glad I read I do look forward to books from this author

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Free read Ý The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ ❴KINDLE❵ ✿ The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing Author Mira Jacob – Da stürzt sich ein Mann von einer Brücke in Seattle und Amina schießt das FotoIndien begann und nun in New Mexiko ihren Lauf nimmt Amina beginnt die Unwägbarkeiten des Lebens The Sleepwalker's MOBI #10003 anzunehmen und sich endlich mit den Geistern ihrer Familie auseinanderzusetzen. The author’s note at the end of the book echoes the overarching themes”what it means as an immigrant to make a life in a stolen country”This luminous addictive page turning character driven and first rate storytelling held me in its thrall from beginning to end Yes it had echoes of Jhumpa Lahiri by virtue of evoking the Indian American experience and it also at times echoes Richard Ford’s CANADA as well as Richard Russo John Irving and any number of master storytellers that tell an epic story about family I applaud Mira Jacob’s decade long investment in writing this book as it gave me a few days of unadulterated bliss I didn’t want to say goodbye to the Eapen family when I turned the last page; at times I felt them brushing against my arm cupping my elbow and feeding me samosas and chutneyThe nuclear family here is Thomas Eapen a neurosurgeon Kamala his wife their intellectually gifted son Akhil and their photographer daughter Amina Only Amina was born in America Through most of the novel they live in Albuuerue although Amina as an adult now lives in Seattle and works as an events photographer after leaving the serious business of photojournalism The novel alternates back and forth between the early 80’s and 1998 but the offstage history is woven in seamlessly I don’t want to reveal of the story than is told in the book jacket There’s a lot of discovery that is meant for the reader to unearth And even though a tragedy is revealed early on in a handful of words the narrative keeps you on tenterhooks until you actually get there hundreds of pages laterThis isn’t a book with political polemics or sermons about social justice—but there is a lot of delicious Indian food that made me hungry It’s a domestic drama about a family dealing with love loss adjustment flux sleepwalking and candid photos—a very human drama that is also witty and sharply observed It moves swiftly a charismatic unputdownable tale told with levity and moving intensity Jacob’s prose is astute and intrepid the kind of sentences that get into your blood and is laced with smooth and cinematic dialogueIf I could give this 6 stars I would

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Da stürzt sich ein Mann von einer Brücke Guide to PDF #10003 in Seattle und Amina schießt das Foto das berühmt werden wird Doch wie abgebrüht muss man sein in einem solchen Moment auf den Auslöser zu d. We arrive in this world connected to people to places to cultures Just because we move on with our lives emotionally intellectually or geographically this does not mean that our connections are all left behind In Mira Jacob’s debut novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing her characters all struggle with connections to each other to their past to their culture and ultimately to themselves For some that struggle includes a connection to reality The story looks at three places India Albuuerue and Seattle and three times the late 70s early 80s and 1998 When we meet the Eapen family in 1979 they are visiting the place and family they had left in Salem India Thomas Eapen a surgeon had sought a better life for his wife and children in America Home still has power though and his mother also a physician tries her best to persuade her son to remain We meet the family members who had remained and see some of the strains that might lead one to seek a life elsewhere The motherland still has a hold though and Thomas’s wife Kamala would like nothing than to remainAmina Eapen is a photographer working in Seattle in 1998 She had been a successful photojournalist but has stepped back from that for reasons I will not go into here and is now shooting events Amina has a gift for capturing telling moments and is our camera into the history and struggles of the Eapen family Dr Thomas Eapen is seriously ill seeing things that are not there talking to people who are long dead It has affected his work When his wife calls Amina she returns home to Albuuerue Eapen’s illness is the maguffin for examining the experience of the Eapen family In addition to the strain of emigrating from India and constructing a new life on the other side of the world the Eapens suffered a huge loss We learn early on that Amina’s brother Akhil died young The story goes to the early 1980s where we see Amina and her brother in school beginning to have relationships struggling to grow up Akhil shows some odd behavior sleeping for vast stretches falling asleep in inappropriate situations believing that something glorious is in store for him if only he can complete a particular task It is not entirely clear whether this is eccentricity or a condition and neurosurgeon Thomas dismisses itThe author from her web siteSo there is a bit of mystery here What happened to Akhil What is going on with Thomas It also takes some time to learn why it was that Amina stepped away from photojournalism It is in peeling back the layers of those stories that we learn about the characters There is a bit of romance as well but thankfully it does not at all take away from the story While this is not a laugh out loud sort of read there are plenty of light even delightful moments that will make you smile Of course there are very sad ones as wellMuch is made of attachment to place When Thomas cedes his ownership rights to a family property in India there is a direct connection to be made to a story to which Amina is connected of Native Americans in the northwest ceding land to the extant society in return for the hope that a large amount of cash can improve their lives There are also smaller scale elements relating to territory To live in the Eapen’s house was to acknowledge the sharpness of invisible borders the separations that had divided it like two countries since 1983 It had been years since Amina had seen her mother wade into the yellow light of her father’s porch and as far as she knew Thomas had never once crossed the gate into Kamala’s garden One of the connections made is in the similarities between the old world and the new between generations Just as Thomas’s mother schemes to try to keep him in India Amina’s mother schemes to try to keep her in New Mexico Just as Thomas’s brother spoke to people who were not there in India Thomas holds his own conversations with the dead in America Both Thomas and Akhil balk at the limitations inherent in their conditions Food is used as a way for old and new to connect Cooking was a talent of her mother’s that Amina often thought of as evolutionary a way for Kamala to survive herself with friendships intact Like plumage that expanded to rainbow an otherwise unremarkable bird Kamala’s ability to transform raw ingredients into sumptuous meals brought her the kind of love her personality on its own might have repelled Bonds are made through feeding as a way of loving Another element is secrecy Amina maintains a private cache of her special photographs non commercial ones that epitomize her skill at catching important moments Thomas keeps his medical situation secret and a few other things besides And that ties in to feeling like an outsider whether one is a native in a land now dominated by European invaders or a new arrival in America whether one is a black sheep in a family or an ostracized teen at school Amina has a wonderful relationship with her cousin the wonderfully named Dimple and there is a supportive non parental adult the cool aunt Sanji who is able to bridge the gap between the young and the not so young offering understanding and support along with adult wisdom As for the sleepwalking element there is a character who literally sleepwalks and his connection to dancing is revealed at the end Thomas’s visions might be seen as a form of sleepwalking Akhil has big issues with sleep but sleepwalking is not among them And there are other characters who see things that are not there which may be a form of sleepwalking There is a mention in the book of a sleepwalker’s disregard for her surroundings It is unclear if the author is suggesting that we are all sleepwalkers in a way or that we should pay attention to our effects on the world or should attend to our visions Did not get it Doesn't matter though There is plenty to go with here even if one is not able to cross every thematic t or dot every metaphorical iGripes I would have liked to have seen well anything actually on the Eapen family’s experience when they had first moved to the USA We only get to see them once they are already settledAmina is engaging definitely worth caring about Family is family is family whether the family in uestion is from India or Indiana and you are sure to recognize some folks in Amina’s clan who remind you of members of yours The story is interesting One gets a strong sense of the warmth and humor as well as the struggles inherent in these multigenerational family connections Awake or asleep the music is playing here and it wouldn't hurt to step out onto the dance floor for a while I received this book through GR’s First Reads program – thanks guysReview posted – April 25 2014Pub date – July 2014EXTRA STUFFMira Jacob co authored Kenneth Cole’s autobio wrote VH 1’s Pop Up Video and was a co founder of Pete’s Reading Series at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg Brooklyn a venue where authors have been reading their work to appreciative audiences for over a decade She is married to academy award nominated documentarian Jed Rothstein They live with their son in BrooklynLinks to the author’s personal Twitter and FB pagesThe Eapen family are Syrian or Saint Thomas Christians This Christian sect was news to me The wiki entry is pretty interesting