The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die
A laugh-out-loud, tug-at-your-heartstrings tale of love, family,and freedom centered around three generations of Bengali women.Somlata has just married into the dynastic but declining Mitrafamily. At eighteen, she expects to settle into her role as adevout wife in this traditional, multi-generational family. Butthen Somlata, wandering the halls of the grand, decaying Mitramansion, stumbles upon the body of her great aunt-in-law,Pishima.A child bride widowed at twelve, Pishima has finally passed away atthe ripe old age of seventy. But she isn’t letting go just yet.Pishima has long harbored a grudge against the Mitras for keepingher in perpetual widowhood, never allowed to fall in love.. Now,her ghost intends to meddle in their lives, making as much mischiefas possible. Pishima gives Somlata the keys to her mysterious boxof gold to keep it out of the Mitras’ hands. However, the selflessSomlata, witnessing her new family waste away their wealth to thebrink of bankruptcy, has her own ideas.Boshon is a book-loving, scooter-riding, rebellious teenager whowants nothing to do with the many suitors that ask for her hand.She yearns for freedom and wants to go to college. But when herpoor neighbor returns from America she finds herself falling inlove. Perhaps Pishima’s yearning spirit lives on in her own herheart?The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die is a frenetic, funny, and fresh novelabout three generations of Mitra women who are surprising at everyturn and defy all expectations. They may be guarding a box of gold,but they are the true treasures in this gem of a novel.