Let me tell you about this book. I would never have picked this book up if it wasn’t for my good friend and fellow book lover, Megan. She posted that she was listening to the audiobook and was really enjoying it. The title was available on audio through Hoopla, so I decided to give it a shot, I trust her honest reviews. Yes, this was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick but that alone wouldn’t have swayed me to read it.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal is a book you need to add to your list. Go ahead, do it now, I’ll wait. I can't speak for how well this book would come across if I had read it, but I can speak with complete confidence that the narrator, Meera Syal, SLAYED this reading. I cannot say enough good things about her voice inflections and accents. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. I laughed out loud. I held my breath. I blushed. I cheered.
Have I convinced you to read this book yet? If not, keep reading, let me fill you in on what the book is about. Are there erotic stories? Yes. Is there more to it than that? YES! All. The. Yeses. This is a book about women being comfortable in their own skin and owning their right to simply be themselves. I always find learning about cultures different from my own fascinating. While this book takes place in England, it richly covers Punjabi culture and immigrant life with a heavy dose of India influence. Do not let the erotic short stores mixed in this book put you off. Yes, they are detailed and yes you might blush, but the point isn’t the stories themselves. It’s the courage of the women to tell them and their determination to do so. For those of you that love mysteries and suspense you’ll find that cleverly woven into this tale as well.
Bottom line get your headphones out and get lost in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.
I give this 4.5 determined stars out of 5.