The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters
The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time.Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again.The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. "I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society," Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. "I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be raised outside of India."Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters Details

TitleThe Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062645142
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, India, Adult

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters Review

  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    "I also want you to experience the familiararity of our ancestrial state. You girls are British, yes. But all the generations of our family before you lived in India. It is in your blood. The language, the food, the way things are. These things are not erased just because you grew up elsewhere." Sisters: Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have been tasked with completing a week pilgrimage to India on behalf of their mother who deeply wanted to go when she was alive. Their mother organized a list of "I also want you to experience the familiararity of our ancestrial state. You girls are British, yes. But all the generations of our family before you lived in India. It is in your blood. The language, the food, the way things are. These things are not erased just because you grew up elsewhere." Sisters: Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have been tasked with completing a week pilgrimage to India on behalf of their mother who deeply wanted to go when she was alive. Their mother organized a list of places for them to visit as she suspected the experience would enrich them in a variety of ways. Little did she know just how life-changing this would be for her very lost daughters. True to most books about sisters, they find themselves and each other in the process.I so enjoyed The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. I loved watching these three women navigate their family's country as first-time visitors. This created a fascinating element where the sisters could confront negative cultural expectations while simultaneously understand how a male-dominated environment might have impacted their mother and the other women in their family. Oh, insight. How lovely thou art. Themes related to family, tradition, gender inequality, and taking control of one's life created an interesting and engaging reading experience that is just as humorous as it is heartwarming. I hope you have a chance to read it. Check it out!My favorite quote:“A sunrise is something that you shouldn’t take for granted. Stand still and watch a new day beginning. Think of all the new days you have left, and reflect on how you will choose to spend them.”
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    beautifully told this story was bursting with culture, family dynamics, and love! Balli Kuar Jaswal completely captivated me with this engaging story about these three dynamic sisters. I felt as though I was wisked away to India along with the Shergill Sisters. Jaswal’s writing is so descriptive, she made the characters and the setting pop off the pages. Seriously when I was done with this book I felt as though I knew these characters and had been on this pilgrimage with them. Some books you re beautifully told this story was bursting with culture, family dynamics, and love! Balli Kuar Jaswal completely captivated me with this engaging story about these three dynamic sisters. I felt as though I was wisked away to India along with the Shergill Sisters. Jaswal’s writing is so descriptive, she made the characters and the setting pop off the pages. Seriously when I was done with this book I felt as though I knew these characters and had been on this pilgrimage with them. Some books you read, some books you experience, this book was the latter. Sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina are not terribly close, in fact they don’t necessarily like one another. BUT it is their mother’s dying wish that they take a pilgrimage to India together. The sisters are all hesitant, they each have things going on in their own lives, but how can they deny their mother her dying wish? What transpires is a remarkable journey of self discovery, sisterly bonding, and forgiveness. These sisters started off this journey as complete strangers and ended it with an unbreakable bond. The book really brought home the fact that in order for people to truly understand you, you need to let them see who you truly are. This book really took me on an emotional journey I laughed, I cried, I got angry, I got frustrated. I found the sister so real and so relatable, I could see a little piece of me in each of them. The cultural aspects of this book were so interesting. The clash between traditional and modern viewpoints appears tricky to navigate. India seems to be a country rich in culture and I’d imagine this would be both rewarding and difficult for people of Indian dissent living outside the country. Simply put this was a beautiful story about remarkable women that should not be missed!🎧🎧🎧 this was such an engaging and enriching audio experience!Soneela Nankani and Deepti Gupta really brought these characters to life. I think they especially gave a voice to the mother that really added an extra layer to the story. Not to mention they could pronounce all the names and locations that I would have struggled with.*** thank you so much to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Five amazing sisterhood of the traveling in saris stars ! Nameste! I found a real gem! A sweet, inspirational, heartwarming book !I loved this kind of book no matter what’s your gender, nationality, religion, culture, race you have, it embraces you tightly and make you feel deeply for the characters! It doesn’t only serve to your mind, it does also feed your soul and empower your spirit. Three sisters with different perspectives, life choices and characteristic qualities who barely stand each ot Five amazing sisterhood of the traveling in saris stars ! Nameste! I found a real gem! A sweet, inspirational, heartwarming book !I loved this kind of book no matter what’s your gender, nationality, religion, culture, race you have, it embraces you tightly and make you feel deeply for the characters! It doesn’t only serve to your mind, it does also feed your soul and empower your spirit. Three sisters with different perspectives, life choices and characteristic qualities who barely stand each other take a pilgrimage trip to India for ensuring the final wishes of their mother. It seems like the mother’s bucket list has a crucial purpose to bring the sisters back together and solve their past time regrets and issues with each other. Rajni, eldest sister, married, has 18 years old son and soon to be grandmother, authoritative, doubtful, withdrawn, still has hurt feelings for her sister Jezmeen.Jezmeen, unsuccessful actress suffering from social media attacks because of a viral video which probably ends her short time carrier, lively, stubborn, single,straightforward and most vivid character of the sisters.And Shirina, polite, negotiator, sweet talker, good hearted, sweet girl who made arranged internet marriage and suffers from mother-in law’s hostile attitudes, has a big secret that she keeps from her sisters. I loved their journey, revelation process of the secrets they kept about themselves and the way they start to know each other without judgements and releasing their resentments. It’s an amazing book makes me wanna have a journey to India for seeing all the sacred places. The story is about family, sisterhood, love, acceptance, forgiveness but it’s also about finding yourself by accepting who you are and healing your wounds by making peace with your past!
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really enjoying it, I was so excited to receive the ARC for this one. This book turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting but it was nevertheless, a very interesting read.Rajni is the eldest sister, a school principal who likes rules and everything to be in an orderly fashion. However, she was not always like this and things that happened in her past completely changed her attitude and now when things are again uncertain in her After reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really enjoying it, I was so excited to receive the ARC for this one. This book turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting but it was nevertheless, a very interesting read.Rajni is the eldest sister, a school principal who likes rules and everything to be in an orderly fashion. However, she was not always like this and things that happened in her past completely changed her attitude and now when things are again uncertain in her life, she is not sure how to handle everything. Jezmeen is a struggling actress who’s just lost her job and gone infamously viral. She also has always been a rebel and resists every attempt by Rajni to follow their pilgrimage schedule and resents her sister for being so strict. Shirina has always tried to be the perfect daughter but felt too invisible in her own home and being scared of any confrontations has left her as the person who always adjusts and makes sure everyone else is happy. I could relate to some parts of each of these sisters and it made the reading experience quite surreal - sometimes nostalgic and sometimes even uncomfortable.The writing is as usual very engaging. The author uses the stories of these three sisters to give us a picture of immigrant life in Britain, the clash of cultures between traditional parents and their British born kids and sometimes, even the second generation immigrant kids. Through the trip that the characters take, we see a different view of India too - how the noise and crowds can sometimes feel overwhelming; even after so much development, how the sexism and misogyny is so ingrained that it manifests in everyday little things; how female foeticide in parts of India is still rampant and sometimes, these ideas don’t disappear just because someone has immigrated to a more modern country. The author also manages to give us a nuanced portrait of the relationship between three sisters - who were not close while growing up and even held resentments towards each other, but being in close proximity after the death of their mother forces them to acknowledge their issues and maybe pave the way for a better relationship going forward. It’s also great to see them have each other’s back despite any lingering issues. This book is a very interesting portrayal of family dynamics and sisterhood, traditional vs modern thinking and how it affects our everyday life. It’s a very honest picture of three sister’s lives told with drama, humor and mystery which makes for a fascinating read. I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoyed the author’s previous book and are interested in depictions of the myriad of issues that women face in everyday life.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) Travel + sisters + some secrets to unravel = a captivating and heartwarming story! I loved Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and enjoyed this one just as much.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    While on her deathbed, Sita asks her three daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina, to make a pilgrimage to India together in order to honor her memory and scatter her ashes. "There's no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody."The sisters are busy with their own lives and not close, either spiritually or geographically, but still agree to make the trip together. While there, however, their agendas and interests differ, and they disagree about how closely they s While on her deathbed, Sita asks her three daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina, to make a pilgrimage to India together in order to honor her memory and scatter her ashes. "There's no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody."The sisters are busy with their own lives and not close, either spiritually or geographically, but still agree to make the trip together. While there, however, their agendas and interests differ, and they disagree about how closely they should follow their mother's instructions. As you can imagine, personalities clash, disagreements occur, and secrets are revealed."Being a wife and mother was complicated enough. She didn't want to be a daughter and sister as well." - RajniSince my mom died almost 1.5 years ago, I connected with so much of this story, and it drew me in from the very first pages. I loved the complexity of the sibling relationships and pictured how a similar trip would play out if taken by my two younger brothers and myself. How would our personalities mesh and/or clash? Would we follow our mom's wishes to the letter, or would we be too distracted by our own wishes and desires? "I cannot command you to spend any more time together, or to cherish each other's presence in your lives. I can only leave you with hope that the lessons of this journey will continue after you return home." - Sita to her daughters in her trip notesGoogle was definitely my friend while reading this book so I could learn more about the Sikh references, and because I just had to visualize the places they visited. I liked how the author sprinkled some humor throughout the story in order to balance out the heavy subject matter. While reading, I laughed out, teared up several times, and cried twice near the end. This was a very powerful read for me. Location: IndiaI received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Luminous!A journey undertaken by the British Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia to scatter their mothers ashes in India becomes a pilgrimage towards love, understanding and acceptance, and a reworking of the bond that threads sisters together.Three Sikh sisters reunite to meet their mother last request and in doing so uncover so much more.A stunning story of family, that also uncovers practices and prevalent attitudes towards women, touching on inheritance, the bias against female babie Luminous!A journey undertaken by the British Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia to scatter their mothers ashes in India becomes a pilgrimage towards love, understanding and acceptance, and a reworking of the bond that threads sisters together.Three Sikh sisters reunite to meet their mother last request and in doing so uncover so much more.A stunning story of family, that also uncovers practices and prevalent attitudes towards women, touching on inheritance, the bias against female babies, along with tenets of faith and devotion, and the tension these attributes bring for the more modern woman.Jezmeen, the actress who seems to go on free-for-all binges and rants that have her worst moments captured on YouTube.Rajni, the eldest sister who is responsible, uptight and disapproving. Shirnia, who hides a secret that will be exposed, and in that exposure finds the support and acceptance she so desperately craves. As the journey continues, the sisters' relationship become more transparent and some of the past becomes clear.I loved these sisters' interactions, the exposure of their fears and desires, their past hurts and their growing together. I laughed and I cried for the complexities and the many misunderstandings, countered by moments of joy and empathy, as their pilgrimage became a homage to their mother's wisdom and their return to each other.Wonderful!A Harper Collins ARC via NetGalley
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  • Sabreena - Books and Prosecco
    January 1, 1970
    Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HarperCollins Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own. “There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.” I adored this book so much! It was so clearly written for Indian women, and the cultural details that Jaswal added in, made my little brown butt so happy!This story starts with hea Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HarperCollins Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own. “There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.” I adored this book so much! It was so clearly written for Indian women, and the cultural details that Jaswal added in, made my little brown butt so happy!This story starts with heartbreak with the death of Sita Kaur Shergill, aka the mother of our three main characters. Her passing is the catalyst for the story, as it is her dying wish that her daughters travel to India to complete a pilgrimage and spread her ashes at Lokpal Lake where a famous Sikh temple is located.Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina leave their homes in England and Melbourne and travel to India in the midst of their own personal issues. The three sisters don’t always get along, and the close quarters while traveling make for interesting interactions and intense reveals. “…in the Sikh religion, we believe in serving food to anybody who comes to the temple, regardless of their creed, gender, or income… They don’t have to worship here. They don’t have to offer any services, or money.” As a Punjabi woman living in Canada, I completed related to the Shergills’ reactions to visiting India for the first time. The feeling of not fitting in, in a place that you are supposedly “from”, the missing connection between “home” and the “homeland”. Jaswal brilliantly portrays the feeling of wanting to feel connected to a world and culture that you also feel distant from.The story has some interesting twists that I did not see coming, but that many people will be able to relate to. Shirina’s story is absolutely heartbreaking, but sadly, is far too common. It is something the Indian community needs to change. We need to be better. Jezmeen’s story is insanely relatable, and I know the frightening feeling of not being enough is something so many people feel, myself included.We get to see a little of Rajni when she is younger, and I think many young, Indian girls feel the way she does, especially those who live outside of India. The struggles she faces, everything from racism and wanting desperately to fit in to not connecting with her culture, are so relatable to young girls all over the world. Her story when she is older is rather entertaining, but I expect it is something many mothers/parents could relate to. “…a sunrise is something that you shouldn’t take for granted… stand still and watch a new day beginning. Think of all the new days you have left, and reflect on how you will choose to spend them.” Jaswal’s writing style is extremely engaging, and if I wasn’t interrupted by a family dinner, I would have finished the book in one sitting. The story is written so you need to know what happens next, you need to read one more page, one more chapter.There are some amazing themes that deal with family, siblings, “tradition”, pursuing your passion, emotional abuse, and even rape culture.I haven’t read Jaswal’s other book, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but I already own it and plan to pick it up soon!The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters releases on April 30, 2019, and I highly recommend you grab it as soon as it’s out!Thanks again to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of this book to read and review!Note: All quotes above were taken from an advance reader’s edition of the book, and are subject to change in the final release.
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  • MRIDULA
    January 1, 1970
    |4.5 stars|Sometimes we come across a book that feels like a journey in itself. This is one such story. By the end of the book, the Shergill sisters felt like people I have always known. They felt real and all the 'adventures' they were a part of, I found myself alongside them..Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, the three sisters who are poles apart by nature and have different kinds of crisis to deal with, are brought together by their mother. Their mother, while lying on her deathbed had one wish- th |4.5 stars|Sometimes we come across a book that feels like a journey in itself. This is one such story. By the end of the book, the Shergill sisters felt like people I have always known. They felt real and all the 'adventures' they were a part of, I found myself alongside them..Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, the three sisters who are poles apart by nature and have different kinds of crisis to deal with, are brought together by their mother. Their mother, while lying on her deathbed had one wish- the three sisters undertake a pilgrimage to India on her behalf and learn about their culture and religion.India, as it turned out, was a land full of surprises. A plan that went out of hand because of impulsive decisions, life crisis and so on..While I'll leave you to read more about these adventures when you pick this book up, this journey was not just about moving from one place to another but one that left an impact at a spiritual level.'Jaiswal's' writing highlights the importance of understanding the difference between tradition and modern beliefs among immigrants and what it is to travel in India in search of Spirituality, pilgrimage, and one's true religion. The author expertly uses the vulnerability of the characters, unfamiliar settings, and the bong better sisters to weave this brilliant and evocative adventure. You are in for a treat.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong •This is the story of three sisters who's mothers dying wish is for them to return journey to India to scatter her ashes. The sisters are not close and are quite different people. It's their mothers hope that this trip will bring them together. They all have chaos going on in their lives before they embark on their adventure and each have different expectations of how it should go. •I thought this was a cute and lighter read. I found For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong •This is the story of three sisters who's mothers dying wish is for them to return journey to India to scatter her ashes. The sisters are not close and are quite different people. It's their mothers hope that this trip will bring them together. They all have chaos going on in their lives before they embark on their adventure and each have different expectations of how it should go. •I thought this was a cute and lighter read. I found this got off to a bit of a slow start but picked up nicely once learning more about the sisters individually. And then watching them work through their emotional baggage makes you keep reading. Sibling angst intertwined with culture and tradition made for intriguing characters. I was captivated by the setting. It gives a very real impression of India and the culture there. I havent yet read Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows but after reading this I definitely want to. I like this authors writing style. •Thank You to the Publisher for sending me this ARC.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.As a person with three sisters of my own, I can attest to the complicated nature of these relationships. You're different people who- like the three women in the book- have different experiences of the same family. You share some of the same DNA but you might not share secrets. And these women have secrets. Some are bigger and more life-changing than others, but all of them are travelling with the Shergill sisters. Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.As a person with three sisters of my own, I can attest to the complicated nature of these relationships. You're different people who- like the three women in the book- have different experiences of the same family. You share some of the same DNA but you might not share secrets. And these women have secrets. Some are bigger and more life-changing than others, but all of them are travelling with the Shergill sisters. They are all handling their grief over their mother's death differently, and all are worried about what happens to them when they go home. This story was by turns surprising, funny, and shocking. These sisters had a lot of healing to do and a lifetime of misunderstandings to correct, and I was utterly absorbed by their journey (both the literal and metaphorical ones). I absolutely loved it, and found it immensely satisfying- and this is one that I can imagine being a really stunning and wonderful movie!
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  • Ameema Saeed
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a well written story about following a mother’s dying wish. She leaves a letter for them to follow on a pilgrimage to India to find their roots and rediscover themselves. The sisters are estranged and at odds with themselves and each other. This is a book about discovery and finding out how to live with yourself and the decisions you make. The author provides a vivid picture of India as she leads us along the journey with the sisters. #netgalley #theunlikelyadventuresoftheshergillsister This was a well written story about following a mother’s dying wish. She leaves a letter for them to follow on a pilgrimage to India to find their roots and rediscover themselves. The sisters are estranged and at odds with themselves and each other. This is a book about discovery and finding out how to live with yourself and the decisions you make. The author provides a vivid picture of India as she leads us along the journey with the sisters. #netgalley #theunlikelyadventuresoftheshergillsisters
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story of three sisters, Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, making a pilgrimage outlined in detail by their dying mother as her last wish. The sisters have had their ups and downs, as all sisters do, but their trip to India shows us as much about their relationship and problems as the male dominated society in India, and the impact on women in Indian culture. I look forward to more from this author, and easily give five stars to this book. Thanks to Edelweiss for the advanced copy.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    A solidly-written, heartwarming story of three sisters who go an a pilgrimage to India to fulfill their mother's last wish. Immersive in Indian customs and culture, this is a story of reconciling the past in order to heal and move forward. Very enjoyable read that stayed with me long after I put the book down.
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  • Chella
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Balli Kaur Jaswal proves herself to be a captivating and extraordinary writer. Full of authentic characters with rich histories, individual voices, relatable struggles, and controversial dilemmas, this book manages to be a family portrait, a mystery, a drama, a cultural exploration, and a comedy all at once. With the passing of pages, I alternately shed tears and laughed aloud, which, let me tell you, is no small thing.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to get an ARC of this at ALA Midwinter! Got it the first day and started reading right away.If you liked /Erotic stories for Punjabi widows/, you will like this, too. Some of the family dynamics (parents & adult kids, sisters, etc.) are similar, and of course the theme of immigrant parents and British-born children. If I were to describe this book, it would sound a lot like sort of general "women's fiction," so it will definitely appeal to readers of that genre. It also cont I was so excited to get an ARC of this at ALA Midwinter! Got it the first day and started reading right away.If you liked /Erotic stories for Punjabi widows/, you will like this, too. Some of the family dynamics (parents & adult kids, sisters, etc.) are similar, and of course the theme of immigrant parents and British-born children. If I were to describe this book, it would sound a lot like sort of general "women's fiction," so it will definitely appeal to readers of that genre. It also contains some presentation and commentary on a couple of social issues, including arranged marriage, infanticide in India, honor & "face," etc., so readers who like a little bit of depth in their stories should like it, too. Glad I read it and have already passed it on to another reader. Go, Balli!
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  • Jill Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Supposedly, there are only ten basic plots in all of fiction and every book is just a variation of one - or more - plots. While I don't know if that's true, it seems likely enough to assign "a book/a plot". With Balli Kaur Jaswal's latest novel, "The Unlike;y Adventures of the Shergill Sisters", we have "fighting siblings/parent's death". Whether it covers all the bases in the book, it comes close enough.The book is set in London, Melbourne, but mostly, India. The sisters - ages from mid-40's do Supposedly, there are only ten basic plots in all of fiction and every book is just a variation of one - or more - plots. While I don't know if that's true, it seems likely enough to assign "a book/a plot". With Balli Kaur Jaswal's latest novel, "The Unlike;y Adventures of the Shergill Sisters", we have "fighting siblings/parent's death". Whether it covers all the bases in the book, it comes close enough.The book is set in London, Melbourne, but mostly, India. The sisters - ages from mid-40's down to early 30's - have been quibbling all their lives. Rajni, the oldest, has a fairly satisfying life with her husband in London, but her 18 year old son throws her a curve ball just as she's to leave on a pilgrimage to India with her late mother's remains. Her London-based sister, Jezmeen, is an aspiring actor and social-media star. Their Melborne-based sister, Shirnia, has married a traditional man who wants a traditional wife, and things aren't working too well in their young marriage. The women set off on their trip to Punjabi, India squabbling with each other and at odds with others in their lives.Okay, so a book with this setup plot can go different ways. It could degenerate into non-stop sister-hissing, or it can pull itself together and get serious. (While it might be fun for a while to read sister-hissing, the non-stop part would get a bit tiresome.) Maybe you can guess the ending, but the fun is how Jaswal gets the reader there. She's full of surprises and I think the book flows pretty well because of that.(Each chapter of the book begins with a guide to the sisters from their mother, outlining their day's journey. I don't know a great deal about India - though I love reading books about the country and the people - but the Shergill sisters are Sikhs. I've never read about Sikhs before and so was very interested in that part of the story.)
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Shirina, Jezmeen and Rajni could not be more different. Ages apart from the eldest sister (Rajni) and a childhood fraught with fighting, their mother’s last dying wish is that they complete a pilgrimage through India together. Their itinerary, provided by their mother, is PACKED with “togetherness” and many religiously dictated stops, what could go wrong? Only everything! I won’t spoil the plot, but this is my favorite book of 2019 so far! What their mother hoped for with her last dying wish and Shirina, Jezmeen and Rajni could not be more different. Ages apart from the eldest sister (Rajni) and a childhood fraught with fighting, their mother’s last dying wish is that they complete a pilgrimage through India together. Their itinerary, provided by their mother, is PACKED with “togetherness” and many religiously dictated stops, what could go wrong? Only everything! I won’t spoil the plot, but this is my favorite book of 2019 so far! What their mother hoped for with her last dying wish and itinerary were not what she got from the Shergill Sisters. Not your average “feel good story,” and far beyond the bounds of your stereotypical “cultural journey” The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters packs the drama, tears and laughs. Author, Balli Kaur Jaswal returns with this new release just on the heels of her 2017 book, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection with this fiery read. Buckle up for the late nights as you travel to India with an unlikely cast of females. *Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Joan Happel
    January 1, 1970
    This is an engaging story of three British born Punjabi sisters who travel together to India in order to fulfill the request of their recently deceased mother. As adults, Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina have all followed different paths, moving away from the difficult relationship with their mother, and the often strained relationships with each other. Each sister is carrying her own secrets and slowly the past and the current secrets are revealed to the reader as well as the sisters.This is a powerf This is an engaging story of three British born Punjabi sisters who travel together to India in order to fulfill the request of their recently deceased mother. As adults, Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina have all followed different paths, moving away from the difficult relationship with their mother, and the often strained relationships with each other. Each sister is carrying her own secrets and slowly the past and the current secrets are revealed to the reader as well as the sisters.This is a powerful, funny and often heart-breaking novel. The characters are complex and sympathetic. Jaswel does an excellent job of depicting the often complicated bonds between, mothers, daughters and sisters and the culture and ambiance of India jumps right from the pages. Fans of women’s fiction and contemporary fiction will certainly enjoy this novel.Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for the e-ARC
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  • Falguni Kothari
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since I read Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows for my book club last year, Jaswal's writing has become one of my favorite things. She has a way with world-building that not only throws you into the story from the first page, but you are invested in the characters immediately. You feel for them. You want them to be happy at the end. You WANT for them. The Shergill sisters are a blast to hang around, and as I have a dozen or so cousin sisters who I'm close to, I completely understood the love- Ever since I read Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows for my book club last year, Jaswal's writing has become one of my favorite things. She has a way with world-building that not only throws you into the story from the first page, but you are invested in the characters immediately. You feel for them. You want them to be happy at the end. You WANT for them. The Shergill sisters are a blast to hang around, and as I have a dozen or so cousin sisters who I'm close to, I completely understood the love-exasperation dynamic between the Shergills. Not only sister dynamics, this book explores all female relationships - wife, mother, sister, friend, in-laws wonderfully. I found myself nodding and closing the book from time to time to revisit my own relationships and how I short change or overindulge them. Highly recommended read. Perfect for book clubs
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  • JG
    January 1, 1970
    I would not be exaggerating when I say that I couldn't put this book and stayed up until 3 am reading it and it was a work night! That's how engrossed I was with the Shergill Sisters and their (mis)adventures in India honoring their mother's final wish. I love how this author made their journey come alive, how each sister's personality was differentiated and how they also are similar. Their growing up trying to reconcile living between two cultures whether they chose to or not was also so much i I would not be exaggerating when I say that I couldn't put this book and stayed up until 3 am reading it and it was a work night! That's how engrossed I was with the Shergill Sisters and their (mis)adventures in India honoring their mother's final wish. I love how this author made their journey come alive, how each sister's personality was differentiated and how they also are similar. Their growing up trying to reconcile living between two cultures whether they chose to or not was also so much interesting to read about. It's no surprise though since I also enjoyed the author's previous work, and how she captured being both British and South Asian and how it enriches each of her characters in some ways. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is also recommended reading for mothers and sisters because those relationships transcends culture.
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  • Asha
    January 1, 1970
    The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is the second book I’ve read from Balli Kaur Jaswal. This contemporary novel is a heartwarming story of three estranged sisters who go on a pilgrimage to India to fulfill their mother’s dying wish. Overall, this was a great read. The book started off slow, but started picking up momentum towards the middle. I love that the author was able to combine serious issues along with implementing the culture of India and adding some humor in some areas. I a The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is the second book I’ve read from Balli Kaur Jaswal. This contemporary novel is a heartwarming story of three estranged sisters who go on a pilgrimage to India to fulfill their mother’s dying wish. Overall, this was a great read. The book started off slow, but started picking up momentum towards the middle. I love that the author was able to combine serious issues along with implementing the culture of India and adding some humor in some areas. I also really liked how all the sisters were complex characters and how the reader learns about the strained relationships and secrets. If you loved Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows, then you’ll definitely want to read this one! Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Not exactly the kind of novel I usually read. So, for what it's worth I had to do a fast read on this one. Fortunately, the story was well written and fairly easy to comprehend. I loaned the book out to a female and she felt the same way. So, a rating of a 4 is justified. I did win this book thru Goodreads.com and thankful for that.
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  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    engaging, entertaining, unputdownable-- this book was the kind that I ignore my responsibilities to enjoy. It's fun to read about other cultures and places I want to visit, the characters were brilliant and full, the plot interesting and wonderfully paced- this is just well done. I enjoyed her last book but this one was so much better. I'm impressed!
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely story. Highly recommended!
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it every bit as much as her last book. Entertaining and well written.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Truly a great story with intriguing characters. I just love how I get immersed in her story from the beginning and the story never wavers. She also has an underlying depth to her books that reveal themselves later in the book that make you read them as fast as you can.There's always so much heart and so much depth to Jaswal's books. She's quickly becoming my new favorite author.
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  • Alyson
    January 1, 1970
    Great sibling relationships!
  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting, engaging read. As directed by a dying mother's wish, three British-born sisters embark on a pilgrimage to their mother's homeland, India. However, this is not a heartwarming sister road trip. India is uncomfortable and their mother's requested itinerary has them on a journey that none of them really want to take. The author appears to want to paint a more realistic picture of modern India than Bollywood conveys, complete with the negative side of family ties and a male dominated An interesting, engaging read. As directed by a dying mother's wish, three British-born sisters embark on a pilgrimage to their mother's homeland, India. However, this is not a heartwarming sister road trip. India is uncomfortable and their mother's requested itinerary has them on a journey that none of them really want to take. The author appears to want to paint a more realistic picture of modern India than Bollywood conveys, complete with the negative side of family ties and a male dominated culture.
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