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Tell Me How to Be
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"Narrator Vikas Adam does an excellent job of balancing the angst- ridden Akash with the mourning Renu in this mother-and-son story of love and loss" – AudioFile Magazine"Tell Me How to Be is...
"Narrator Vikas Adam does an excellent job of balancing the angst- ridden Akash with the mourning Renu in this mother-and-son story of love and loss" – AudioFile Magazine"Tell Me How to Be is...
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  • "Narrator Vikas Adam does an excellent job of balancing the angst- ridden Akash with the mourning Renu in this mother-and-son story of love and loss" – AudioFile Magazine

    "Tell Me How to Be is daring, hilarious, poignant, and impossible to put down. Neel Patel is a fabulous storyteller!" —Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

    From rising star Neel Patel ("refreshing...defiant...consistently surprising" —New York Times), a darkly funny and heartbreaking debut novel about an Indian-American family confronting the secrets between them.

    Renu Amin always seemed perfect: doting husband, beautiful house, healthy sons. But as the one-year anniversary of her husband's death approaches, Renu is binge-watching soap operas and simmering with old resentments. She can't stop wondering if, thirty-five years ago, she chose the wrong life. In Los Angeles, her son, Akash, has everything he ever wanted, but as he tries to kickstart his songwriting career and commit to his boyfriend, he is haunted by the painful memories he fled a decade ago. When his mother tells him she is selling the family home, Akash returns to Illinois, hoping to finally say goodbye and move on.
    Together, Renu and Akash pack up the house, retreating further into the secrets that stand between them. Renu sends an innocent Facebook message to the man she almost married, sparking an emotional affair that calls into question everything she thought she knew about herself. Akash slips back into bad habits as he confronts his darkest secrets—including what really happened between him and the first boy who broke his heart. When their pasts catch up to them, Renu and Akash must decide between the lives they left behind and the ones they've since created, between making each other happy and setting themselves free.
    By turns irreverent and tender, filled with the beats of '90s R&B, Tell Me How to Be is about our earliest betrayals and the cost of reconciliation. But most of all, it is the love story of a mother and son each trying to figure out how to be in the world.
    A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

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  • Neel Patel is a first-generation Indian American who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. His debut story collection, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi, was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and was long-listed for the Story Prize and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Tell Me How to Be is his debut novel.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 20, 2021
    In Patel’s resplendent debut, a mother and son reveal their secrets and regrets. Twenty-eight-year-old struggling songwriter Akash Amin learns early on that the problem with lies is that “they always circle back to the truth.” His widowed mother, Renu, meanwhile, believes lies “are like children, the second you conceive them, you must protect them at all costs.” Akash leaves his lover, Jacob, in Santa Monica to help clear out his childhood home in Illinois on the first-year anniversary of the death of his physician father before Renu sells the house and departs for London. There, while preparing a puja, Akash finally comes out to Renu, confronts his successful older brother, Bijal, about the real reasons behind an embarrassing drunken incident at Bijal’s wedding four years earlier, and deals with the secrets behind a betrayal by an adolescent crush. Renu, meanwhile, wrestles with the fallout from forsaking happiness for the sake of tradition in her arranged marriage, a long-ago forbidden love with a Muslim man, and an insufferably lonely life surrounded by “cornfields, strip malls and Chinese restaurants named after feelings.” Patel skillfully maneuvers through the treacherous territory of abandoned dreams, family squabbles, and cultural clashes before finding a resounding catharsis for mother and son. The result is noteworthy and memorable.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Vikas Adam does an excellent job of balancing the angst- ridden Akash with the mourning Renu in this mother-and-son story of love and loss. Adam treats both of them tenderly as the story explores the sale of their family home after the death of their father and husband. Adam is pensive, thoughtful, and ruminating as the 20-something Akash, who is hiding his sexuality and boyfriend from his mother. Adam demonstrates his range in Renu's chapters, which he delivers in a believable, measured voice that sounds like that of an aging matron. As mother and son confront the memories in the material goods they try to shed, Adam makes listeners care for their internal and external conflicts. Fans of diasporic literature will be engrossed. M.R. � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine

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