In the tradition of Ron Takaki, this is a historic story of Americanization, what immigrants get and what they must give up, as they buy into the American Dream, and bravely become part of E Pluribus Unum
Rohnert Park, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
San Francisco and San Jose’s Vidya Books, LLC, publishing children’s books, U.S. immigration stories, multi-cultural books, online textbooks and India history educational materials, is excited to offer a novel titled, “This Freedom,” about mother and daughter dynamics. The remarkable debut novel by Rashmi Sharma Singh is about immigration to the U.S. (both legal and illegal), and also to India (after its partition in 1947).
“In the tradition of Ron Takaki, this is a historic story of Americanization, what immigrants get and what they must give up, as they buy into the American Dream, and bravely become part of E Pluribus Unum,” Rashmi Singh of Vidya Books said.
It is set in very human, fictional immigration stories, about a mother named Swatanter, her daughter Devi and their small, extended family in and around Berkeley, Calif. The backdrop to the story is freedom, within the thorny subject of arranged marriages and a proposal for Devi, as well as in her parents’ own marriage. The novel unfolds simultaneously from a mother’s and her daughter’s perspectives, using the Indian classical literary tradition of nested, interconnected stories.
“We usually read about the problems of immigrant children, who are born in the U.S. or come to the U.S. at an early age, but not much about the immigrant parents. If we do read about them, it is not with much compassion,” Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Professor Emerita at Sonoma State University, said. “The two Thanksgiving episodes are really moving, and the interweaving of the number of stories is wonderful.”
Written with the Language Arts and the K-12 Frameworks in mind, this book augments Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake” in the K-12 Common Core Content Standards; it is also suitable for undergraduates. The author’s previous title from 1992, a retelling of the Punchtuntra Fable for all ages, “The Blue Jackal,” is included in Prentice Hall’s Anthology of Literature for Middle Grades.
To get a copy of the book and other online textbooks published by Vidya, call 510-250-3716 or view the book company on the web at http://www.vidyabooks.com.
About Vidya Books, LLC
The word Vidya is an ancient Sanskrit term that encapsulates all of knowledge and education. Founder Rashmi Singh established Vidya Books after discovering that her daughter was only learning partial historical information. Seeking to change historical misconceptions and broaden minds, Vidya Books began to publish a variety of books, including kids’ books, to introduce the public to the rich culture of South Asia and to enlighten people by presenting alternative points of views on the truths about immigration stories.