ANYONE CAN BE EXTRAORDINARY. BUT IT COMES AT A PRICE…
Neil Narayan’s parents moved to America for a better life, and his perfect older sister is now headed to an elite university. Neil is funny and smart, but he is not living up to his parents’ dream. While he tries to want their version of success, mostly, Neil just wants his neighbour across the street, Anita Dayal.
Once a lot like Neil, Anita is truly thriving academically, athletically and socially. Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that harnesses the ambition of the jewellery’s original owner. Anita just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. When Neil – who needs a whole lot more – stumbles onto their secret and joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.
Ten years later, Neil is an oft-stoned history grad student studying the California gold rush. Anita has given up her high-flying tech career and is working as an event planner, just for now. Anjali, the woman who gave them both so much, is in trouble, and only gold can save her. What choice do Anita and Neil have but to pull off one last heist?
Gold Diggers is a dazzling coming-of-age story that speaks to anyone who ever wondered quite how they belong, and who ever dreamed of being the very best they could be.
Gold Diggers is a captivating coming of age story that I found very thought provoking.
Firstly I alway like books that merge genres and are slightly quirky so I found this book quite enjoyable. It was interesting to learn more about what it’s like to be an immigrant in America and to follow Neil as he tries to become more Americanised. As a parent myself I often find it very interesting to follow books like this and work through the problems with the characters. I like thinking about how I would have dealt with certain situations in comparison with how the characters in the book do.
The story is told in two parts one following Neil through highschool and one ten years later as a college student. I liked following the two time lines and seeing how the characters had changed over the years. The gold drink created by Anita brings a fun almost magical element to the story which was fun to follow and helped create some of the more humourous moments in the story. I did wonder if the gold drink was meant to be a symbol of Neil’s families hopes or his parents dreams for his future but I’m not sure if that’s just me trying to find deeper meaning in things.
Overall I thought this was a fun, fast paced read that manages to be fun one moment and thought provoking the next. I think it would make a great book club read as I think there would be lots to discuss.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
A Paul and Daisy Soros fellow, Sanjena Sathian is a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as a reporter in Mumbai and San Francisco, with nonfiction bylines for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. And her award-winning short fiction has been published in Boulevard, Joyland, Salt Hill, and The Master’s Review.