Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Things My Mother Told Me

Author: Tanya Atapattu

Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr

Branch: Leixlip Library

When Anjali finds out that Jack, her boyfriend of ten years has been cheating one her, it throws her world into chaos. Heartbroken, she fills the emptiness by embarking on a series of flings her traditional Sri Lankan mother would (mostly) disapprove of. Yet she can no longer avoid her mother or Shanthi, her distant older sister. And so, begins her real, journey, one that will make Anjali confront a past she’s been desperate to forget. But maybe the past can also be the bridge to her future… Set in Bristol and Sri Lanka, Things My Mother Told Me is a warm, moving and funny story about love, loss, family, cultural divides and the voices we hear in our heads. It will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

This is such a wonderful book. There is so much to it, love, family expectations, mental health issues and the idea of belonging in two worlds. It is so well written and I really enjoyed reading this book. Anjali is an amazing character who, while a little flawed, tries to be a better sister and daughter. I do have to admit it can apart a little slow in parts, but it is still a worthwhile read. It is one of my favourite books this year.

Available to borrow by request online from your local library here or make an appointment to visit your library here.

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