It's hard to understand why novels about immigrants are often so dire - maybe, in their efforts to make two different cultures and countries seem real and important to the story, they either descend into stereotyped parody or make the novel one-sided. This novel isn't dire at all, though - in fact, it's very good.
Kapur deals delicately but firmly with the immigrant experience as she creates a world in which two very different people (Indo-Canadian dentist, Ananda, and age-conscious Indian lecturer Nina) struggle to settle in a new country - and adapt to married life.
For me, this book isn't just about immigration and the big cultural divide between India and North America. Instead, I thought it was much more about marriage itself - and how getting used to another person and a new way of life is a kind of immigration in its own right! Very funny and poignant by turn, a lot of the drama and the humour does revolve around the couple's nascent sex life. A fascinating insight into the process of getting used to a new situation and thinking through what is really worthwhile in a relationship. I found it well-written and carefully researched - an excellent read.