Missing the New India?

Abigail Licad at the California Literary Review writes on the new book by Bharati Mukherjee, Miss New India:

“…..Miss New India will provide much new material for academics to investigate and wrangle over, and in this way, is likely to be an enduring work among intellectual circles. But whether the novel will have mass appeal is another question. The general reader might enjoy the novel’s certain fairytale quality and largely optimistic view of India’s future. But others may find the book to be a slow read, too ambitious about exploring different aspects of modern India while failing to do so in depth. First-time Mukherjee readers are better off reading her most popular novel Jasmine rather than her newest creation.’