"Sonya Lalli's savvy novel puts relationships in all of their forms--family, friends, and romance--on even footing as a young woman works to find happiness."--Shelf Awareness
Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want--and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and the aunties in her community that a woman does not need domestic bliss to have a happy life.
Things are going according to plan for Serena. She’s smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job at a top advertising firm in Washington, D.C. Even before her younger sister gets married in a big, traditional wedding, Serena knows her own dreams don’t include marriage or children. But with her mother constantly encouraging her to be more like her sister, Serena can’t understand why her parents refuse to recognize that she and her sister want completely different experiences out of life.
A new friendship with her co-worker, Ainsley, comes as a breath of fresh air, challenging Serena’s long-held beliefs about the importance of self-reliance. She’s been so focused on career success that she’s let all of her hobbies and close friendships fall by the wayside. As Serena reconnects with her family and friends--including her ex-boyfriend--she learns letting people in can make her happier than standing all on her own.
Lalli (The Matchmaker's List) charms in this delightful tale of love, friendship, and cultures clashing. Serena Singh, 36, an advertising creative director in Washington, D.C., is determined to remain single and independent, despite everyone around her encouraging her to settle down. With all of her friends—and her only sister, Natasha—married and too busy to hang out, Serena sets out to find a new bestie. Several comic misadventures ensue, including her inadvertently ending up at a sex club. She soon connects with feisty Ainsley, a colleague with a wicked sense of humor and a husband—who, like Serena, is Indian American. When a man from Serena's past reappears and makes a play for her heart, Serena is faced with a choice: cling to past heartache, or take a chance on a bountiful future. Lalli excels at creating flawed but lovable characters, and her exquisitely crafted and perfectly paced narrative captivates. Serena and Natasha's relationship with their Indian immigrant mother, Sandeep, underpins the narrative with stories of the girls' effort to help her assimilate (such as explaining to Sandeep that she can't haggle at Target). Women's fiction fans will devour this funny, poignant story.