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The Invitation: A Novel

Frances, Jay, Lali, and Vikram meet as students at UCLA. They came to the United States from India, eager to achieve success and riches for themselves and their children. Frances and Jay marry; the rest separate after graduation. Twenty-five years later, Vikram invites his old friends to his mansion in Newport Beach to celebrate his son's graduation from MIT. As their reunion nears, Frances, Jay, Lali, and Vikram each must confront where life in America has taken them. Has America proved to be the land of their dreams? A novel of cultural contrasts and surprising revelations, The Invitation redefines the meaning of family, friendship, and true success among a generation of immigrants.
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About the Author

Anne Cherian is the author of A Good Indian Wife. Born and raised in Jamshedpur, India, she now lives in Los Angeles, California.


"Three dissatisfied couples, one fancy social event, and a long-held secret that sees the light of day make for a noteworthy party." -- Library Journal "Starred review. ...Cherian's straightforward storytelling is riveting and rarely goes amiss... and the climax is fervent." -- Publishers Weekly "In Cherian's gorgeously embroidered tale, nothing turns out remotely like you'd expect. A-." -- Entertainment Weekly

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