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July 2, 2017

Suped Up: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswall

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley via Edelweiss
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher
Genre: Women's Fiction

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life...

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s "moral police." But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.





Looking for something different to read? Well how about you pick up Balli Kaur Jaswal's EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS. It's a breath of fresh air, a palate cleanser, and a totally entertaining read that's sexy, heartwarming, and oozing with girl power. 
Set in London, EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WOMEN starts as some sort of a comedy playing on Punjabi stereotypes to ease the reader in or offer something familiar. And as you slowly go through the pages you'll find yourself invested in these women until you're one of them because although they may be different from you culturally, their pain, disappointment, hopes, and dreams, are universal and accessible to almost anyone regardless if you're female, married, widowed, or a mother. 

What I love the most about this brilliant story by BKJaswall is the theme of sexual freedom. Having the liberty to explore and share your deepest secrets and darkest desires without judgment is a gift to these women who've been repressed due to cultural restrictions and are ignored or tolerated because they're widows and illiterate, changed them in more ways than one. 

EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOW may have a teasing title and an almost satirical tone, but it's a powerful women's fiction that speaks volumes.











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14 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting story. Thanks for posting your views of this book.

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  2. I would think this title would turn some people away. Really glad you enjoyed this one. I'll have to see if I can find time to fit it in.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  3. This sounds totally fun and creative, Braine, and worthy of grabbing! Hugs...

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  4. The title is definitely attention-grabbing. I'm glad it was such a compelling read for you!

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  5. Awesome! Looks like a must read. I love finding books like this.

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  6. This looks fantastic and I'm so in the mood for something different! Thanks Braine

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  7. It's the first time I hear about this one but you made me curious!

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  8. I can see why this would snag your attention. It's like getting a peek into someone else's life and finding a kinship with them. Great review!

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  9. Oh cool. I would have avoided the book with the title, afraid it was more than I was looking for. lol. But sounds like you really enjoyed it. Cool.

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