"The Windows of Malabar Hill" by Sujata Massey
The WCLA Book Club is open to all Wellesley alumnae and includes a wide range of ages. The Club meets one Sunday a month. We read a wide variety of genres and try to keep a good mix of fiction and nonfiction. Books and dates for each month are picked at the preceding month's meeting. Anyone who wants to be added to the book club distribution list is welcome to join! Our October meeting is Sunday October 20th at 1PM in the Central Court at LACMA (between the book store and the LACMA Cafe).
For October, we've picked novel The Widows Of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. We will be meeting on October 20th at 1PM in the usual location (the central court at LACMA) as long as there is still seating available there. The construction project in that area of the museum and the closure of the LACMA Cafe means that our usual tables and chairs may soon be removed. There is additional seating around the LACMA entrance area, including by the Levitated Mass exhibit, so we'll relocate there if necessary. If you come to the October meeting and can't locate us, make sure to call my cell
Here’s a brief blurb of the novel: Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen goes through the papers, she notices something strange: all three have signed over their inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forefeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious. The Farid widows live in purdah: strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. It's her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that nobody is in further danger.