Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am grateful to the publisher for granting me access to this book early
since it doesn't come out in the USA until January but was on the
Booker Prize shortlist. I very much wanted to read it since it has to do
with an ashram, a mother-daughter relationship, and as one Instagram
friend called him, a "Mr. Big" character.
Well this book was
excruciating. A mother who raised her child poorly, inflicting endless
bodily trauma on her through neglect while she pursued a guru in an
ashram is now old and forgetful and that same daughter is faced with
having to care for her. I found the details almost too much as a reader.
For me there is far too much bodily horror between incredible digestive
issues relayed to trauma, to regular old weight gain and not being
beautiful and being viewed with disgust, to other forms of abuse I don't
even want to get into. The writing also went in circles and I swear
some of the story lines were left incomplete. Definitely not my pick to
win the prize- I'm still rooting for Brandon Taylor and Maaza Mengiste.
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