I do love a good retelling. Though what I loved most about Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors, is that it was a loose retelling of a classic favourite. Sonali Dev wrote a story that is her own.
Trisha is a proud Indian American, and rightfully so. She’s off the charts smart, and loyal to a fault, though social skills are a work in progress. The first couple of meetings between her and DJ are a disaster, and the more they interact the louder the prejudice becomes. And the angst, ooh, that will keep you flipping the pages wanting more.
To be fair, at times both of them are insufferable. The miscommunication just kills me, and I might have yelled at my e-reader for them to freaking open up and be completely honest with each other. But you know, that’s the set up of PP.
One of the things I loved the most about this retelling is that the woman is the rich party, and the man is in a more financial difficult situation. Just that reversal makes such a difference, and gives this story a new boost, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Besides being a love story, PPOF is also a story about family. Trisha’s family is quite special, and the dynamic between all the different members was fascinating to read. While DJ’s love for his sick sister, and the tragedies they’ve been through feel so palpable.
This is the first book I read by Sonali Dev, and I’m impressed. There are quite a few story lines, and she interweaves them so wonderfully. While the start might be a bit slow, you’ll soon be addicted. The many topics she addresses in this story are universal. From class politics, to race, privilege, and many more, I feel Sonali Dev approaches them in a truthful way.
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors is certainly a story I recommend whether you’re a Jane Austen fan or not. To me this story is an ode to the original.
Small warning: after finishing this book you’ll have Indian gourmet food cravings.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
By Sonali Dev
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
(The Rajes #1)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
- Never trust an outsider
- Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
- And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.
About the author
Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.