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Where Earth Meets Water by Pia Padukone

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In this poignant and breathtaking debut, one man searches for meaning in the wake of incomparable tragedy…

Karom Seth should have been in the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11, and on the Indian shores in 2004, when the tsunami swept his entire family into the ocean. Whether it’s a curse or a blessing, Karom can’t be sure, but his absence from these disasters has left him with crushing guilt—and a belief that fate has singled him out for invincibility.

Karom’s affliction consumes everyone around him, from his best friend, Lloyd, to his girlfriend, Gita, who hopes that a trip to India will help him find peace. It is in Delhi that he meets Gita’s grandmother, Kamini—a quirky but wise woman with secrets of her own. At first Karom dismisses Kamini, but little does he realize that she will ultimately lead him to the clarity he’s been looking for.

Spanning the globe from New York to India, Where Earth Meets Water is a stunning portrait of a quest for human understanding, and a wise exploration of grief, survival and love in all its forms.

This story revolves around Karom, Gita, Lloyd, and Kamini. Karom is suffering from survivor’s guilt due to different circumstances; he was not in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and missed the tsunami that hit in 2004. Gita is Karom’s girlfriend. She is trying to help and decides to take Karom on a trip to India to visit with her grandmother Kamini. Lloyd is Karom’s friend that has other feelings and things that he is trying to figure out between his soon to be wife and Karom.

Kamini is a tough lady that had her husband leaves her when her daughter was small. She survived by writing children’s books. When Karom meets Kamini she initially is dismissive of him. But the more they are together, the more Karom starts seeing the bigger picture of life. She helps him start to heal from his past.

This book takes place between New York and India. I liked learning about the Indian culture. I did feel bad for Karom. The poor guy is completely lost and feeling like fate is out to get him. I really liked how Gita was a strong woman; we need more characters like her.

The chapters bounce between the four characters and can be a little frustrating when you can’t wait to find out what’s happening with one character but you have to wait three chapters to get back to them. The problem I had was I would rather read about Gita and Kamini and couldn’t see how Lloyd really added to the book.

I liked the mixing of cultures and I loved the strong female characters. This is a good book and I think many people will like it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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