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Naming Maya by Uma Krishnaswami

Naming Maya (edition 2004)

by Uma Krishnaswami

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Title:Naming Maya
Authors:Uma Krishnaswami
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2004), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:1010 Challenge, Read but unowned
Tags:Fiction, India, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Family, Coming of Age, Cultural Differences, YA, YA Narrator, Read in 2010, 1010 Challenge

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Naming Maya by Uma Krishnaswami



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Maya and her mother are spending part of their summer in Chennai, India, where her mother is selling her father's house. Maya holds resentment against her mother for many things unspoken, including her parents' recent divorce, family issues and the fact that she doesn't feel her mother is there for her. It is her cousin Sumati and old family friend, the elderly Kamala Mami, who help her find the way to confront her mother.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Naming Maya is about a 12 year old Indian girl who lives in America She comes to Chennai, India for her summer holiday. Meanwhile her mom is trying to sell her granfather's house in India. During her visite in India, Maya finds out more about her parents divorce. She has trouble understanding why it happened. With Kamala Mami, who offers to cook for them, she hears many stories and finds out more. Her cousin Sumati also helps her and they become good friends. She has lots of fun in India while she slowly understand more about what she wants to find out.
  15erikab | Nov 3, 2010 |
Naming Maya is a charming coming of age story about a 12 year old Indian American girl named Maya and her summer visit to Chennai, India with her mother to try and sell Maya's grandfather's house. Maya's parents had divorced the previous year and this trip to Chennai reconnects Maya with her extended family, neighbors of her grandfather and the eccentric Kamala Mami who for years has been connected to Maya's family. During this visit, Maya struggles to understand her parent's divorce. It is the relationships that Maya establishes with her cousin Sumati and Kamala Mami that help Maya piece together the puzzles Maya is trying to unlock.

This quick read captures the sights and sounds of a bustling Indian town, insight into Indian culture and values, and the joys and pains of being a young girl. A great afternoon read. ( )
  lkernagh | Jan 18, 2010 |
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The day after Mom and I arrive in India from New Jersey, I watch the number 45B bus screech down the road. It clatters to a halt outside my grandfather's old house that we have come here to sell.
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West meets East

Although Maya has done her best to avoid it, she is spending part of her summer in Chennai, India, with her mother, who is trying to sell her grandfather's old house. Soon Maya is drawn into a complicated friendship with eccentric Kamala Mami, who has been a housekeeper and cook for years in Maya's extended family. At the same time, Maya is thrust into an ocean of memories, all coming at her too quickly for her to understand. In particular, she is forced to examine the history of her parents' divorce -- all the more painful because she believes the trouble began with the choosing of her name. For years the tension has simmered in a cauldron of anxiety, secrets, and misunderstandings. It is only with the help of Kamala Mami and Maya's cousin Sumati that Maya is able to see what happened to her parents.

In this compelling first novel, a young Indian American girl finally learns that she can choose which memories to keep and which to let go.

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When Maya accompanies her mother to India to sell her grandfather's house, she uncovers family history relating to her parents divorce and learns more about herself and her relationship with her mother.

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