And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a novel about two twenty-something Indian-Americans trying to find their place in the world, and trying not to fall in love with each other. The story takes place in northeastern Ohio; Portland, Oregon; and Bangalore, India. It was inspired by Edith Wharton’s classic novel The House of Mirth.
Here are some nice things people are saying about it:
“Sreenivasan writes with a tender, seemingly semiautobiographical view of her subjects and clearly understands the familial and cultural pressures on second-generation Americans and the expectations of traditional Indian American culture. . . . This is a witty, timely exploration of the varying definitions of success, belonging, cultural identity, and the human desire to connect.” — Stephanie Turza, Booklist
“This is a wonderful debut novel, full of heart and soul, familial and romantic love, and the search for happiness.” — Diane LaRue, Bookchickdi blog (Diane lists my novel as one of her favorites for 2012!)
“And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a sweet, wonderful love story about two people trying to make their relationship work in a judgmental society. I honestly enjoyed this more than I can express.” — Anjana Vasan, Kindle and Me blog
“Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s poignant debut novel And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a moving love story that is both traditional and modern, surprising and deeply comforting – it’s not only about finding love, but a way to be true to ourselves.” –Laura Dave, author of The First Husband
“Insightful, hopeful, and luminescent, Sreenivasan’s novel will make you believe in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.” –Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine and Imaginary Men
“And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a timely story about what matters most deeply: our quest for love and acceptance, and our fear that we will never find that person who might give us both. Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s writing speaks straight to the heart.” — Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men