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De­ranged Mar­riage: A Mem­oir Sushi Das, Ban­tam Aus­tralia, $34.95 This is a deeply per­sonal tale about grow­ing up, told by some­one with a clear in­tel­lect and an al­most-un­for­giv­ing eye for hu­man flaws. Sushi Das lives in Lon­don, locked in bat­tle with her very tra­di­tional In­dian par­ents. The threat of an ar­ranged mar­riage hangs over her head and she is suf­fo­cat­ing un­der their dis­ci­pline. Though full of colour, this is no Bol­ly­wood romp. At one stage, her par­ents don’t speak to her for months. She suf­fers de­pres­sion. In eco­nom­i­cal lan­guage – prob­a­bly re­fined through her ca­reer in jour­nal­ism – she takes the reader on a so­ci­o­log­i­cal ride through the great di­vides be­tween East and West and male and fe­male. The pub­lish­ers de­scribe this book as hi­lar­i­ous, which makes it sound both fun­nier and less se­ri­ous than it ac­tu­ally is. Tory Shep­herd ½

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