Free Read [History Book] ✓ The Leaving of Things - by Jay Antani ✓

By Jay Antani | Comments: ( 176 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

Vikram is not your model Indian American teenager Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wants from his future other than to escape his family s life of endless moving and financial woes But after a drunken weekend turns disastrous, Vikram s outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to IndVikram is not your model Indian American teenager Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wants from his future other than to escape his family s life of endless moving and financial woes But after a drunken weekend turns disastrous, Vikram s outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India permanently.So begins a profound journey of self discovery as Vikram, struggling with loneliness, culture shock, and the chaos of daily Indian life, finds his creativity awakened by a new romance and an old camera His artistic gifts bring him closer to a place and family he barely knew But a devastating family crisis challenges Vikram s sense of his destiny, hurtling him toward a crossroads where he must make the fateful choice between India, the land of his soul, and America, the land of his heart.


  • Title: The Leaving of Things
  • Author: Jay Antani
  • ISBN: 9780988419308
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Jay Antani

Jay Antani is an India born, America raised, Los Angeles based film journalist, fiction writer, and graphic novelist The Leaving of Things is Jay s first novel, begun in USC s graduate writing program Jay s film articles and reviews have appeared in Paste Magazine, Moving Pictures, Boxoffice Magazine and many others as well as on his own blog, Cinema Writer Jay also wrote The Mysterians, a sci fi fantasy graphic novel published in 2008 by TokyoPop To learn or contact Jay, visit jayantani


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Comments The Leaving of Things

  • Annam Manthiram

    I was surprised by how gentle this book was. Deftly navigating the difficulties of feeling part of two cultures, the narrator Vikram is delightfully vulnerable, which made for a very interesting read. I was taken by the vivid details of India, some harsh and some poignant, which juxtaposed against Vikram's sensitivities and became an integral part of the unfolding--the crucial decisions that he must make in order to stay true to himself. The relationships in the novel (father/son, mother/son, br [...]


  • Grady

    `Life wasn't about choices. It was a sentence handed down to you.'What a complete pleasure to encounter a writer of the stature of Jay Antani! This handsome young Los Angeles film journalist, fiction writer and graphic novelist thankfully has focused his literary skills in writing THE LEAVING OF THINGS - a true test of whether a writer with his considerable background can pull off a full length novel that is at once entertaining, instructive and compelling. The answer is a mighty, YES!Some phras [...]


  • joanna

    I'll try to be kind, really I will. At almost 40% finished, I had to stop reading. I'm surprised at the 4.28 rating and that so many reviewers said the book is well-written and interesting - I found it neither. The main character is 19 years old, yet writes that he "felt only emptiness, a sense that the letter was a friendly but ultimately perfunctory gesture. It shocked me how little Nate's words resonated with me." Really? From a young man? Another issue I just couldn't get around was the way [...]


  • Scott Pearson

    This book is beautifully written; rather not for the story it has to tell, but for the story it is able to pull from the reader's own memories. You will either love this book or hate it. It is not a page turner that has you guessing what will happen next. The story is subtle and this book causes the reader to become personally involved in their own story, their own life and their own memories. Childhood memories, family memories, young lovers, school, Indian traffic, Bollywood music, the sights [...]


  • Meags

    4 StarsSet in the late '80s, this was a great coming of age story about 17 year old Indian-American Vikram as he is uprooted from his life in the States when his family decide to move back to India. Vikram deals with major feelings of cultural displacement, yet he disgruntledly attempts to forge a new life in a country he barely remembers from his childhood. He misses his friends and girlfriend back in America and doesn’t know how to make his professional aspirations a reality in his new envir [...]


  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies

    The Leaving of Things is about a boy, Vikram who is the eldest son of parents who came to America for work etc. They live in Wisconsin and Vikram is happy with his girlfriend Shannon until his dad decides it's time to go back. So they are back in India and Vikram isn't happy and starts college and meets another girl but she's off limits. He and Shannon break up and he misses is friends and doesn't fit in with the locals. I don't know what it is about this book that sort of faded away about half [...]


  • Polina

    I can't think of a better book to take my review virginity. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading and I hope more people have the chance to discover the author though with all the great reviews I don't fathom that will be very difficult. It's very smart and well written. And also relatable for me, as I too am an immigrant and struggled with the same transition. In short, it's dabomb. Read it!


  • ReGina

    This book has an interesting premise: the struggle of an Indian-born boy who was raised in the states and is now returning after his senior year of high school. Unfortunately, that's where the interesting and intrigue stop. It's a good story, but it's not remarkable, perception altering, or even clever. I didn't hate this book, but I don't think my perspective broaden because of it either.


  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition

    What a sweet, heartfelt book! I found it very interesting to see a slice of life from the perspective of a young man, going back with his family, against his will, to live in India, the country of his birth, but not where he grew up. I have traveled to India on business and fell in love with it. This book really takes you back to the sights, sounds and smells of this enchanted and rustic, yet modern place.


  • Susan

    I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to the main character's transition between two cultures and the longing that exists no matter which country you are in. There's always something or someone to leave behind.


  • Jackie

    I must take back my remark about deals of the day. This was one, a title and author I had never heard of and it is the best book I have read in quite a while. Highly recommend.


  • Rachel Pollock

    Let me start by saying that i really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others, that in fact i intend to do so—specifically recommend it to a couple friends whom i think would really love reading it. It’s a great story, engaging characters, excellent scene-setting of the locations, and a cross-cultural focus which hasn’t already been told a zillion times. A fun, unique coming-of-age novel. Vikram Mistry reminded me so much of one of my best friends in high school, right down to th [...]


  • Kristin

    Easily on a par with contemporary novels exploring the experience of Indians encountering American culture. The interesting twist here is that the main character Vik has spent most of his childhood and teenage years in the U.S and then has to move back to India with his family. He is resentful and feels buffeted by the whims of his parents. His slowly evolving understanding of his parents' reverse experience lets him absorb the India that he will carry with him, whatever the future brings. On to [...]


  • Alexia

    2.5 stars. I liked the concept of the book- almost the reverse of the typical immigrant story- and I liked the setting in India; however, several of the story lines felt truncated and underdeveloped. Also the challenge with first person narration is that the author has to assume the voice of the narrator and for much of this book I kept thinking 'there is no way a 17-18 year old boy would speak or think this way.'


  • Michelle

    This is a very realistic story about finding your way in life and your place in the world. I love stories that take place in India so I gravitated to this book right away. It was so well written that I could visualize all the places he found himself in India. This guys knows how to tune into your senses with his words. You grow to love the characters that he develops so well. The story was a bit slow at times which took off one star for me. But very beautifully done indeed.


  • Dee Miller

    InsightfulA good story about coming of age when all of life seems out of control, caught between two cultures, neither of which feels comfortable, then learning to cherish both along with everything and everyone you've grown to love. Also provides insight into India's cultural challenges for us spoiled Americans.


  • Hena

    Had a few tender moments, but was written awkwardly and I felt like the author spent so much time describing food, surroundings, etc. that I didn't get a good sense of what the narrator was actually thinking and feeling. Read kind of like a travelogue at times.


  • Kimberly

    I couldn't put this book down. It was engaging, heartfelt and a wonderful glimpse into the mind and heart of a young man dealing with a lot of chaos in his life. I highly recommend it!


  • Sara Kirk

    “Every opportunity is a dividing line. Here you have things as they are” he raised one palm, then the other. “and here, things as they can be.” His palms were but vaguely discernible shapes. “you choose if you want to commit to stepping over the line, easy as that really.” The book follows Vikram, a young teenaged boy who predominantly grew up in the US, but after an incident with friends, his father decides it's time to move back to India. What intrigued me the most before reading t [...]


  • Ranjith

    after reading a couple of indian authors i was a bit skeptical to pick a book written by an Indian author, don't get me wrong after the success of Chetan Bhagat whole lot of new breed of indian authors have come up. For such authors the recipe for a book is a teenage boy and girl and a couple of pages intimate scenes, couple of heart breaks but when i looked at the bio of JaY Antani i thought he might be in the category of the authors rather he belongs another set of Indian/Indian origin authors [...]


  • Alexandra

    A sweet and gentle book about an Indian American teenager returning to his native land and making discoveries about it, his family, and himself. I don't think I understood that this was a young adult novel before I started it, but it was still an enjoyable read, given those parameters. Vikram is a thoughtful companion to journey back to India with, and he had an interesting perspective with a good moral compass (this aspect of life is sometimes overlooked--I don't mean in a preachy or religious [...]


  • Ross McDougall

    This was a great story of the things we leave behind to engage with the new.Vikram is at once moving from adolescence into adulthood and between countries. It was a cool angle to hear the experiences of a person born in India, but growing up in the US going back to India and getting a form of culture-shock. All the characters in the book felt real and well fleshed-out.Antani's writing style is helpful in building rapport with the characters, as they all spoke naturally and with great empathy. I [...]


  • Vaths

    A lovely book, very sensitively written about a young man and his struggle to fit in after moving back to India from Wisconsin in the late 80s. I thought it was captured the difficulty, uneasiness and struggle with trying to fit in, that Vikram felt very well, and allowed us to join in and see his journey of growth, understanding and contentment.


  • Chris

    I actually decided to read this because I love the cover! For the last dozen years or so, I've had quite a fascination with India, so this novel at this time suited me quite well. Set in the late 1980s, it reads like a memoir. Vikram is a young man just graduated from high school who, after living for the last twelve years in Wisconsin, is forced to move back to India with his family. He doesn't want to. He has friends, a girlfriend, and college to look forward to. Back in his native land it is [...]


  • Lilisa

    Vikram Mistry has had it good in the U.S. Living in Madison, Wisconsin, he’s like every other American teen – carefree and with no regard for his parents, their roots and their toils and struggles to provide a comfortable life for his brother Anand and himself. His world comes crashing down when his father informs him they’re moving. His father has secured a new job – in India, where both of Vikram’s parents were born and his relatives reside. Thus unfolds the story of Vikram’s pligh [...]


  • Susan

    On the cusp of adulthood and the adventures that await in college, an Indian born, U.S. bred eighteen year old is forced to leave his friends, girlfriend, the familiarities of living life as an American, for a one way ticket back to India. Touching down in the homeland everything is instantly different. Emotions are jumbled upon meeting family for the first time in 11 years, compounded by the palpable realization that this is not a vacation and there's no turning around and heading back to Ameri [...]


  • loretta

    The Leaving of things is a sensitively written, poignant story of 17 year old, Indian born Vikram Mistry who has lived in Madison, Wisconsin for the last 11 years. Adolescence is naturally difficult but more so when you are 'the other'. When the family moves back to India, Vikram finds himself still to be 'the other' as he is now identified as 'the American'. Mr. Antani's descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of India are extraordinary and as Vikram re adapts to a country that both irrit [...]


  • Kim

    A well-written novel that transported me to India and back to the 1980's. Not only did I enjoy the characters and the story itself, but I also appreciated and greatly enjoyed reminiscing about the 80's - VHS, cassette tapes, etc. Antani keeps the reader thoroughly engaged in the lives of all the characters he writes about whether it was through letters from friends in WI, interactions with new friends in India, and of course, through Vikram, the main character, as he goes through his journey as [...]


  • Ju Haghverdian

    This book was quite a surprise. It is a slow-paced story, it feels so personal I almost forgot it was fiction. It deals with a big challenge (if it can be called that) young adults face when divided by 2 very different cultures. I sympathize with Vikram. Being an immigrant myself, I find myself making comparisons between Brazil and the U.S. when I go back to visit, and like it happened in the beginning of the story, we mostly point out the negative side of our culture, how backwards our native c [...]


  • Ken

    This book intrigued me, largely due to its dual connection: Madison, Wisconsin, where I lived for 20 years and India, the country of my birth. It's an interesting approach by an expat Indian author, and the reverse of the normal Indian immigrant stories. Antani captures the sense of dislocation perfectly--the feeling of being plucked from a comfortable environment in spite of being in a minority, and being dropped in the tumultuous, disorienting mess of life in an Indian city. Antani switches se [...]


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