I read somewhere “All families are disoriented. Some just do not hide it” and that is exactly how I felt the entire time I was reading this book.
If you plan on reading ‘Girl In White Cotton’, then I have two requests to make. Please brace yourself to come face to face with some uncomfortable truths and please don’t DNF the book after reading the first 100 pages. It starts slow but it gets better and it’s only after you are around halfway through the book you start making sense of why it is written the way it is written. It is unconventional, unsettling and even grotesque but it is a book that you should read.
“This contempt still draws up the moment I feel uncomfortable. I disown so I can never be disowned.”
If you ask what this book is about then essentially a story of Tara and Antara- a mother and daughter who share a sort of love hate relationship. Antara never understood her mother’s decisions which actually are unconventional. She (Tara) is an out and out rebel, leaves her marriage to follow a guru and a lot more. In a later phase she gets Alzheimer’s and starts loosing her memory and that’s when Antara starts helping her and actually understands that they may not be so different after all. A book about altering identifies and subjectivity of truth, this one’s special.
I usually get a feeling in the first 50 pages of the book if I am gonna like it or not but with this book you can’t figure that out so soon. It takes its own time and I urge you to be not quick to judge. The narrative is slow and fragmented, lacks action, is kind of disconnected and speaks about issues that are not usually spoken about. It takes its own time and I urge you to be not quick to judge. You can’t decide in the first 50, 100 or even 150 pages if you like it because this book is not something you ‘like’. It’s a book that unsettles you, makes you uncomfortable, makes you crave for action but it won’t give it to you before it’s time. It is something that grows on you and that is why you will find yourself drifting towards the book.
There are many reasons for why you should read this book and the most important one is that its unconventional, makes you uncomfortable and also makes you think! A lot. I recommend it!