Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki - Today over at Chasing Ray, Colleen is hosing a One Shot reading tour, focusing on works set in SouthEast Asia. Everyone was given enough notice to find a book. I waited until the last minute. I am more then half way done with Bitter Sweets and I absolutely love it. Rashid Karim and his parents think they found the perfect bride in Henna. On their wedding night Rashid who goes Ricky when at the University, discovers that his new wife is not 17 and well educated but 13 and illiterate. Henna agreed to help her baba deceive the Karim's in hopes of avoiding school and moving to Calcutta to become a movie star. This is a family saga that begins with a lie. Sometimes family sagas can be a little tedious and slow moving. This however moves at a nice pace and the language is beautiful, smart and funny. I highly recommend Bitter Sweets, you won't be disappointed. Published in 2007 this is Farooki debut novel.