The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey | Madhu Bazaz Wangu
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The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

A girl on the brink of womanhood, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage she embarks on a journey into the unknown to chart her own destiny. She navigates Art College, a marriage of her own choice and motherhood. In India, she battles pressures of traditional expectations and her own burning desire to become an artist. A move to America presents exciting opportunities but Shanti is hemmed in by the restrictions of her upbringing. Her children become adults and her marriage becomes a shell of what it once was. Shanti must find the courage to step out of her husband’s shadow and into the life she always dreamed of.

Winner, the National Indie Excellence Award (Multicultural), 2017

Finalist, the Next Generation Indie Book Award (Multicultural), 2017

Five Stars, Readers Favorite Awards, 2017

The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is available on Amazon.

Praise for The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

The Immigrant Wife: A Spiritual Journey is beautifully written. I loved it! The story weaves many small strands into an intriguing tapestry, much like the paintings of our heroine, Shanti. And it paints a picture of life in two places–the beautiful valley of Kashmir and the beautiful hills of Western Pennsylvania. Shanti’s quiet determination to stay true to herself, her art, and her family is inspirational. A winner.
Laurence A. Glasco (Author, Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History)

In her debut novel, An Immigrant Wife, Madhu B. Wangu brings to life a mysterious time and place. The protagonist, Shanti, begins her life as an idealistic but naive girl from the valley of Kashmir. As the story unfolds in America, she learns to heed her desires and shape her life, no longer rolling along like a stone turned in the tide. Wangu creates rich, dynamic images of India, comparable to her watercolors, evoking every sense. The indigenous sights, sounds, and smells are so vivid that I swear I could find my way to Shanti’s home. Wangu’s style is gentle and quiet like the protagonist, and deeply powerful. This tale of love and nurturing, loss and growth, and transformation will stay with readers long after they finish the novel.
Kathleen Shoop (IPPY Award-Winning Author of The Last Letter and After the Fog)

An Immigrant Wife reminds me of Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan. The story spans a much greater time period, but both novels deal with personal growth and life lessons, big and small. The author, Madhu B. Wangu, has written an enjoyable story and created unforgettable characters, especially the beautiful descriptions of art and the wonderful food descriptions. The author also skillfully portrays the artistic growth of the protagonist, Shanti, through her painting and cooking. This is a lovely, quiet story written lyrically.
Meredith Cohen (Author, Aftertaste)

Beautiful and lush, An Immigrant Wife takes the reader on one woman’s touching, turmeric-drenched journey from naive but determined art student in India to longing-filled American wife and mother. The author Madhu B. Wangu has written a maharaja’s banquet for the senses.
Gwyn Cready (RITA Award Winning Author)