You Bring the Distant Near
Nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
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Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity--award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
About Mitali Perkins (San Francisco, California Author)
Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (longlisted for the National Book Award), Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years), Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults), and Tiger Boy (winner of the Charlotte Huck Honor Award and the South Asia Book Award.)
She was honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary's College of California.