Friday, April 10, 2020

Book Review: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Professor Chandra teaches economics in England. He's divorced, and estranged from one of his adult children. His life seems to be skidding downhill when he's pushed into going to the United States to help his ex-wife with their youngest daughter.

While visiting, he's pushed way, way out of his comfort zone. An uptight immigrant economist, he's not enamored of the American way of life, and even less so the hippy-dippy ways of his ex's new husband. But the partying daughter is the first priority. And yes, along the way Chandra starts to figure out some of his own life as well. And starts to repair the relationships with all of his children, one at a time.

This book doesn't have quite the same highs and lows as A Man Called Ove, but I can see the parallels. Him being an economist ramped up the humor element for me personally, as my father is also an economist and I fully understand how rigid and seemingly emotionless they can be. The California/Colorado setting was perfect, taking him way way out of his comfort zone and pushing him from the ridiculous to the sublime. Very much a story about how families all have problems, this was an uplifting and humorous story that I think could be a perfect read right now.

I got this ARC free from a friend who works at the publisher, in exchange for nothing.

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