Nominated for the National Book Award * Winner of the South Asia Book Award * Walter Award Honor for Teen Literature * PW Best Book of the Year * SLJ Best Book of the Year * Horn Book Fanfare List * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * NYPL Best Book of the Year * Boston Globe Best Book of the Year * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Nominated for the 2019 Mississippi Magnolia Award * Six starred reviews: ★ Horn Book ★ School Library Journal ★ Publishers Weekly ★ Booklist ★ Shelf Awareness ★ VOYA
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity--award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.