Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood, and Water Buffalo

Jenny Feldon. Sourcebooks, $14.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4022-8422-9
Feldon’s life as a pampered New York City princess comes to an end when her husband’s company transfers the couple to India. She chronicles her rocky two-year path to enlightenment in a country she initially resists but eventually comes to admire. In India, Feldon misses her numerous beauty treatments and the latest fashions, as well as the support of the friends and coworkers she relied on in New York. She disparages everything to do with the country and her marriage falters. “Here, I was no one. A parasitic extension of my husband, a hanger-on in the world of corporate transplants.” After a serious divorce discussion during a family Thanksgiving back in the U.S., the couple recommits to their relationship, and throughout the second half of the narrative, Feldon’s attitude shift becomes apparent. “With my new plan in place to embrace all (or at least some) things Indian, Bollywood didn’t seem like a bad place to start.” Feldon’s insights, which were initially disparaging, become keen, and spending time with her is less tedious. Fans of Feldon’s blog, Karma (Continued...), will relish her story, and those not familiar might relate to her experience of overcoming first impressions. Agent: Lauren Galit, LKG Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 11/05/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
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