#BookReview 📚📚📚📚4/5Have you ever seen those images of the modern day working wife and mother with several arms? Each arm is assigned a task whether it is writing, cooking, cleaning, sometimes holding a child, another arm holding a bottle....you get the picture. Penelope (Penny) Ruiz-Kar reminded me of that image based on the Hindu statue of the Goddess of war, Durga.
Penelope's marriage is in a major rut but her demanding job, her two kids, and all that comes with those two major responsibilities has she and her husband Sanjay disconnected and just going through the motions. She looks up to her seemingly perfect best friend Jenny who has all the boxes checked off in her perfect life. When a tragedy strikes Penny realizes that she needs to make a change in her life starting with her marriage.
I found a lot of the themes in the novel to be very relatable and realistic. I connected with the character right away but I didn't like that she cried a lot. While there is nothing wrong with crying I felt like Penny could have easily demonstrated her emotions through other means. I also noticed that despite both characters being people of color, nothing truly demonstrated anything about either culture from Penny who is Mexican, or Sanjay who is Indian. It is very rare that a first generation person wouldn't take even a little bit of their culture with them. I just as easily could have been reading about a white couple and there would be no difference. The author also used Penny's dad with throw away Spanish words like "nejiah" and "corazón". Nonetheless I still did enjoy this book very much and would recommend it to others especially working moms in marriages or long term relationships.
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