Review of Appetite by Sheila Grinell
When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home―who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter―while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life.
In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work―one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?
I was drawn into a family drama that was so real, it left me wondering how many families go through this within their lives.
A mother who wants the best for her daughter, father who doesn't like the fiancée and a daughter who wants to follow her heart. Can a marriage already in trouble be able to come together for a wedding or does it crumble even further?
Sheila Grinell writes a compelling story with strong characters that make you want to reach out to comfort or yell.
I recommend this story to lead into a family’s life that you wont forget.
4 Koala Paws
Toward the end of her forty-year career as a creator of science museums, Sheila Grinell began to write fiction. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and dog.