Polite Society by Mahesh Rao

Polite Society

Mahesh Rao

Pairing stiletto-sharp observation and social comedy with moments of true tenderness, this delicious whirl through the mansions of India’s dazzling elite celebrates that there’s no one route to perfect happiness.

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In this modern reimagining of Jane Austen's Emma, Delhi's polite society is often anything but polite.

"So funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it."--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians


Beautiful, clever, and more than a little bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. Having successfully found love for her spinster aunt, she sets her sights on Dimple: her newest, sweetest, and most helpless friend. But when her aunt's handsome nephew arrives from America, the social tides in Delhi begin to shift. Surrounded by old money and new, relentless currents of gossip, and an unforgettable cast of socialites, journalists, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that her good intentions are no match for the whims and intrigues of Delhi's high society.

Pairing stiletto-sharp observation and social comedy with moments of true tenderness, this delicious whirl through the mansions of India's dazzling elite celebrates that there's no one route to perfect happiness.


Advance Galley Reviews

Some of the descriptions in Polite Society are lovely, but I found the characters to be flat and vapid. Any attempts at humor are lost because while the characters make tone-deaf remarks, there is no complexity to balance their ignorance. I ultimately decided not to finish the novel because the characters weren't sustaining my interest.

 


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