“Ms. Kumar has managed to narrate each story in a different voice, a different style, to suit each generation and time period. Her descriptions, particularly of rural India, are exquisite. The sights, sounds, and smells of Chennai flow off the page like a pool of color to surround us…A thoughtful and interesting journey, punctuated with personal dramas and enough pace to keep it moving along, this is an excellent novel. It should speak to all women, whatever our cultural background, and—as with all great writing—should make us think. In this case the lesson is one of recognizing our mothers as individuals who had their own battles and made their own sacrifices.”

– Velvet Lounger in Curve Magazine

The Paths of Marriage is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood. A detailed, quick-moving and relatable read, the novel takes the reader through the experiences of three generations of strong Indian and Indian-American women in India and the United States. Repeatedly, Mala Kumar will challenge you to question tradition, love and independence as you experience three unique upbringings in this modern tale.”

– Holly Curtis of Girls’ Globe

The Paths of Marriage is a richly textured story full of bountiful detail, well-defined characters, and unexpected cultural and social insight. It expresses a rare fidelity and beauty, while having the heart to show both the dark underbelly of Indian and American cultures, as well as the bright lights they share…In the hands of a less passionate writer, such thematic material might easily have become didactic, and the characters might have seemed like paper doll cutouts from a Bollywood knockoff of The Joy Luck Club. But in the hands of Mala Kumar, who has a wonderful eye for detail, an ear for dialogue, a soul-deep empathy for her subject matter, and a gently colloquial style of writing, they form the beautiful and compelling story we’ve waited a long time to read. The Paths of Marriage is a must read, not just for members of the Indian-American community, but for lesbians, feminists, and women of all sizes, shapes, colors, and beliefs.”

– Salem West of The Rainbow Reader

Mala Kumar tackles issues that are of relevance to the Indian diaspora with sensitivity, but more admirably, with courage and tact. The issues of failed arranged marriages, the LGBTQ community and immigration among the Indian diaspora are rarely addressed by authors, and it is to be appreciated that Kumar attempts to deal with them.

– Sonali Kudva in Brown Girl Magazine

“An utterly beautiful work with a roller coaster of emotions. It has been a very long time since I have gotten so emotionally invested in a story. I loved it.”

– reader

While I love everything about this book… my favorite aspect has to be how the very nature and voice of each character transcends you through the generations, the mentality, the voice, the era that came with the person representing it.”

– reader

A beautifully-crafted story interweaving the lives of three dynamic women during the mid-to-late 20th and early 21st centuries… A very powerful read.

– Goodreads reader

“I loved the way that this novel stretched across generations with poignance and immediacy. Each part told in first person (Lakshmi, Pooja, and finally, Deepa) was both compelling and eye-opening. As the story unfolded and progressed closer to present day, I found that I couldn’t put the book down. This is an important book — as much about compassion, courage, and forgiveness as it is about the immigrant experience in the latter half of the 20th century. The story is expansive and I can’t help but think that it could make an outstanding, unforgettable film. “

– reader

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