The Invitation

  • by Anne Cherian
  • Narrated by Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A moving story that redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and success among a group of first-generation Indian immigrants.
When Vikram invites three of his college friends to his son’s graduation from MIT, they accept out of obligation and curiosity, viewing the party as a 25th reunion of sorts.
Village genius Vikram, now the founder of a lucrative computer company, is having the party against his son’s wishes. Frances and Jay regret accepting: Frances, a real estate agent, hasn't sold a house in a year; Jay’s middle-management job isn't bragworthy; and their daughter is failing the eleventh grade. Lali plans to hide the fact that her once-happy marriage is crumbling because her American husband is discovering his Jewish roots. Each had left UCLA expecting to be successful and have even more successful children. At Vikram’s Newport Beach mansion, the showmanship they anticipate dissolves as each is forced to deal with his or her own problems. The follow-up to A Good Indian Wife, Anne Cherian’s novel resonates with the poignancy of real life colliding with expectations unmet.

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Most Helpful

If you can survive the fake and forced accents..

...it's a cliche-ridden tapestry of awfully believable folsk whose sole purpose is to try and resuscitate the listener with their Indian-American burden of success and privilege. More please!
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- AnoopMM "AnoopMM"

Overall good but children's voices were very annoying

No need for immature children voices. Very distracting. Other voices were ok. Would have liked eldest daughters character developed
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- Jmlowe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios