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Publisher's Summary

"An endearing tale of love, loss, and healing...." - The US Review of Books
The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East. The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.
In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt, who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt's disappearance, Naina's family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt's location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil.
After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.
©2015 Puja Guha (P)2017 Puja Guha
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By Bikram Agarwal on 02-23-18

This too is too long.

What did you like best about The Confluence? What did you like least?

This is the second Puja Guha book that I have listened to and this has the same positives and negatives as the other book (Ahriman). All the characters and locales are well built and are extremely relatable. You listen to their story and you identify with bits n pieces of them. It draws you in and you get invested into the outcome. The story being what it is - a mother' s letter to her adopted son, revealing family history.... is sorta emotional. I was getting a mix of Lion and "How I Met Your Mother" vibes.

And this too is a bit too long. There are elements that I felt didn't quite contribute anything to the main plot. At several places, it went on a tangent that didn't need to be there. The book could've been much shorter and better paced.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

See above.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was very slow. I typically listen to my books at 1.5x. Even then it was slow.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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By Shoppermom on 02-09-18

Interesting story in need of editing

Spoiler alert? In a nutshell, this was a mother's explanation to her adopted adult son of the whys and hows he came to be adopted and her big reveal that she is his biological . . . first cousin once removed? (second cousin?)? The telling did not require over seven hours, even given that the narration was far too slow (I listened at 1.5 and it was still too slow). There were oddities in the plot: the story starts with an account of the narrator's difficult relationship with her new mother-in-law, and then that part of the story is dropped completely. The story takes place in various locales: Calcutta, somewhere in the U.S., quick mentions of Paris . . . and then for some reason, the author felt it necessary to create a totally fictitious country, East Africa, complete with its own culinary treats. I think the author has some talent for story telling, but major editing would have helped this story enormously. I'm not sorry I listened, but I wouldn't rush to listen to another book by the author or narrator. I requested and received a copy of this audiobook from Audioboom in return for an objective review.

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