Nikki Amdur
June 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Meera Syal
genre
Fiction

We gave it an B+

Just because Indian brides allow themselves to be ”mummified in red and gold silk” on their wedding day doesn’t mean they’re ready to be buried in tradition for the rest of their lives. That’s the message in Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee — a sharply amusing novel about three second-generation friends in London who support each other through struggles of marriage and career until an unexpected betrayal throws their lives into disarray. Studded with cultural tidbits, this exotic take on the gal-pal novel is as spicy as the biryanis the trio whip up for family dinners. Most wicked moments: the deadly conversational thrust and parry of the wealthy Indian ladies who lunch.

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