Sandip Roy in conversation with Richard Rodriguez
Wednesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Don't Let Him Know
Roy’s mesmerizing debut explores the inner lives of a family of Indian immigrants who can never reveal their secrets. Booklist calls Don't Let Him Know “poignant, resonant…Told in 12 discrete chapters, each having the integrity of a short story, Roy’s is a quiet but piercing tale of immigrant domestic life…Roy’s is a warm, articulate voice speaking authentically about family influence on how we carry out our own lives.”
When Romola Mitra, a young Indian bride in the United States, stumbles upon a letter she was not meant to open, it changes her life. Decades later, her son, Amit, finds that letter among Romola’s possessions and thinks he has discovered a secret about her.
Traveling back and forth in time, crisscrossing between India and the United States, the stories follow Romola, her husband Avinash, and their son Amit, immigrants twice over, from childhood to adulthood to old age—through their struggles to bridge the chasms of geography, generation, and culture.
Sandip Roy was born in India, spent many years in San Francisco, and writes for mainstream and ethnic media outlets in both the U.S. and India, including regularly for The Huffington Post. He is the culture editor at Firstpost.com, a contributor to New American Media, and a commentator for Morning Edition on NPR. He has also been a radio host on KALW San Francisco.
Richard Rodriguez, the print and television journalist over many years, is the author of four collections of literary essays. His most recent, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, is concerned with “the desert religions” of the Middle East after September 11th. It ranges in its appraisal of religion from Jerusalem to Las Vegas, from Liberace to Mother Teresa.
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